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B) Kuchenreuter Flintlock Officer’s Pistol - NSN, 42 bore cal., 10 1/2 inch round bbl., bright/gilt bronze finish,
raised relief carved walnut stock. See “A.”
CONDITION: Fine. The barrel displays grey patina with dark patches of light pitting and scattered light surface oxidation.
The chiselled ornament is clear with minor handling softening, and the silver inlaid signature is distinct. Some loss to gilding within the maker’s stamp at the breech. The lock has a brighter patina with some scattered discoloration and light surface corrosion marking, again chiselling remains clear with some handling softening. Furniture retains nearly all its bright gilt finish with slight handling softening to the high points of the cast and chased decoration. Stock with scattered minor age related handling and storage marks and blemishes, carved ornament crisp and sharp. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000
"I caused the Duc d ’Enghien to be arrested and tried, because that step was essential to the safety, interest, and honour of the French people, when the Count dA’ rtois was maintaining, by his own confession, sixty assassins at Paris. Under
 similar circumstances, I should act in the same way." - Napoleon Bonaparte, while in exile on St. Helena

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