Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 302: French Flintlock Fusil by Girard of St. Etienne

Auction Date: September 6, 2019

French Flintlock Fusil Marked by Girard of St. Etienne

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

French Flintlock Fusil Marked by Girard of St. Etienne

Manufacturer: French
Model: Flintlock
Type: Musket
Gauge: 70
Barrel: 40 1/4 inch round
Finish: brown
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 908
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 140
Class: Antique

This mid-18th century fusil features a bayonet stud/front sight, "crown/S E" and "GIRARD" marked lock with bridled pan, what appears to be "LxIABEZ" marked on the inside of the lock, mostly brass furniture, iron buttplate, a small circled "57" stamp near the toe on the right, and raised carving at the breech. Pierre Francois Girard (1674-1751) of St. Etienne was a contractor to the French monarchy and established a proofhouse that was certified in 1743.

Rating Definition:

Very good with a mix of dark brown patina and applied brown finish, dark patina on the brass, replaced feather spring, mild oxidation/pitting, repaired upper tang, and general moderate wear. The refinished stock is fair and has some chipping and cracks, a few repairs, and general dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.

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