L. HERMITE, SAUMUR
A .700 PERCUSSION RIFLED OFFICER'S PISTOL, no visible serial number,
French, circa 1840, with fine etched damascus 10in. multi-grooved rifled octagonal barrel, small blade fore-sight, standing notch rear-sight, carved and fenced snail, engraved top-tang, border and scroll engraved hump-backed lock with dipped tail signed around the base of the hammer 'L. HERMITE ARQ'R BTE A' SAUMUR', engraved hammer, walnut half-stock with fluted grip, iron butt-cap with central lanyard ring unscrewing to reveal a detached cup-end for the ramrod, engraved and spurred trigger-guard bow, plain trigger fore-end carved with vines and fitted with an engraved iron fore-end cap and iron ramrod
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