Box-necessary with an officer's pistol by Boutet
Box-necessary containing an officer's pistol by Boutet, with flintlock transformed into percussion, and an additional barrel: Octagonal barrel, slightly blunderbuss, in damascus steel with gray ribbon, upper side hollowed out with a groove for sighting, point of fire adjustable in blued iron; the side panels are signed, in Gothic gold letters: “Boutet et Fils” and “à Versailles”; length 24 cm, caliber 12 mm. Finely engraved breech tail with flowers and animals. Plate, engraved with foliage scrolls and an animal, signed: “Boutet et Fils à Versailles”; rear security system; hammer very finely engraved with chimeras. Ice-polished cut-iron fittings, fully engraved with foliage, cobwebs, a kicking horse and dragons; crown with fine grooves in the shape of drops. Short shaft in veined walnut, checkered grip; the circumference of the ebony cap is carved with flowers; the two protective pads for the key are in gold, engraved, thumb piece also in gold monogrammed: “C B”; total length 39 cm. The second barrel is identical and interchangeable with that of the pistol. Burl-plated box, the top of the lid is embellished with an oval brass plaque engraved with a goat's head and monogrammed in Gothic letters: "C B"; the lower part of the lid is edged with an ebony rod around the edge; interior covered with green velvet; Boutet type security locks; complete with all its accessories; 45 x 28 x 8.5 cm. Very nice transformation performed by Boutet or Le Page. First Empire period, modified under the Restoration or at the very beginning of the July Monarchy. Very good state.
PROVENANCE: sale of the William KEITH NEAL collection, Christie’s London, November 8, 1995, lot 174.