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An exceptionally fine French flintlock double barrelled sporting gun by Nicolas Noël Boutet, gunmaker to King Louis XVI of France.
The blued barrels are signed “Ingelhard a Nurenberg” in gold, whilst ornate breech is signed on each side with the maker’s mark “Boutet Directeur Artiste” & “Boutet a Versailles” in silver.
The gun features gold touchholes and foresight, one rifled & one smooth bore barrels, and the bright steelwork is adorned with classical figures, masks, rams heads and birds for decoration.
The stock is carved in the continental style & inlaid with ornate silverwork, including large panels on each side of the butt depicting scrolls, leafwork & arrows. This full stock has cast silver mounts, and ornate trigger guard with French silver hall marks for 1809-19. The lavish butt plate is marked similarly, whilst the under section carries a large silver classically styled female winged figure.
The rear ramrod entry mount is cast with a ram’s head & a classical man’s head, complete with its ivory tipped ramrod