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Frederick I of Wurttemberg was the Duke of Wurttemberg between 1797 and 1816, and was crowned King on January 1, 1806. The Kingdom of Wurttemberg officially left the Holy Roman Empire and became part
of the Confederation of the Rhine expanding the kingdom’s territory.
He had previously fled to Austria in 1800 when the French invaded
but later allied with Napoleon and provided men for his disastrous campaign against Russia. Frederick’s daughter Catharina married Jerome Bonaparte, but he rejoined the Allies against Napoleon in 1813 and
was reconfirmed as king at the Congress of Vienna. A very similarly embellished side by side combination gun also by Koerber was sold
by Rock Island Auction Co. on September 9, 2018, Lot 3118, and these arms were likely made around the same time, possibly as part of a larger garniture for the royal hunting collection. That example had a “D” on a plainer wrist escutcheon, possibly for another member of the court. CONDITION: Very fine with 90% plus of the bright fire blue finish remaining along the barrel with some minor fading mostly towards the muzzle, attractive aged patina on the silver inlays and furniture, mostly bright lock with some slight oxidation, and general minor overall wear. The stock is also very fine aside from a splice along the bottom of the butt at the toe and has distinct carving and checkering and occasional minor marks and scratches. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: King Frederick I of Wurttemberg,
The Norman R. Blank Collection.
Estimate: 10,000 - 18,000

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