Gilles Michel Louis Moutier-LePage (1810-1887) married Louis Didier Faure's daughter and succeeded Jean Andre Prosper LePage's shop in Paris in 1854. He signed his guns "LePage Moutier" and was active until 1868 when Emile Henry Faure LePage took over. LePage Moutier won silver medals at the Parisian expositions in 1844 and 1849 and a 1st Class medal in 1855. He also received medals at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 and in 1862. The rifled octagon barrels have near full-coverage gold scroll, dot, line, and floral patterns as well as putti/cherubs, birds, "LE PAGE MOUTIER" on the upper left flats, "ARQER DU ROI" on the upper right flats, and "acier fondu" on the bottom flats. A date and serial number may be hidden underneath the barrel, but the wedges are stuck. The standing breeches have fixed notch rear sights, and the standing breeches, locks, and furniture have coordinating gold patterns, including putti/cherubs throughout, masks and wyverns on the pommels, and "1" and "2" respectively behind the rear sights. The putti/cherubs on the barrels match while those on the lock and furniture are also slightly different and mainly have weapons. The locks are marked "LePage Moutier" and feature different scenes: on the first a putto/cherub is forging a sword, and on the second one is preparing a helm. The stocks have raised relief scrollwork at the forend tips, inlaid gold scroll patterns, fluted wrists, and appear to be ebony.
Very fine with bright original gold throughout, gray and brown patina in the backgrounds, moderate oxidation throughout, distinct designs, and mostly age and storage related wear. The stock is also very fine and has crisp carving, some slivers of gold wire absent, and a few scuffs and scratches. The lock isn't holding half-cock but is otherwise mechanically fine.
Very fine with bright original gold throughout, distinct designs and markings, gray and brown patina in the backgrounds along with moderate oxidation, and general mild age and storage related wear. The stock is also very fine and has crisp carving, some slivers of gold inlay absent, and minor scratches and marks. The lock needs some half-cock work but is otherwise mechanically fine.
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