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Lot 220: Louis Lamotte Signed Flintlock Holster Pistol

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Exceptional Highly Ornate Relief Chiseled and Inlaid Louis Lamotte Signed Flintlock Holster Pistol for the Ottoman Market

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000

Exceptional Highly Ornate Relief Chiseled and Inlaid Louis Lamotte Signed Flintlock Holster Pistol for the Ottoman Market

Manufacturer: Lamotte
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 43
Barrel: 12 1/8 inch round
Finish: bright/silver/brass
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 335
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 222
Class: Antique
Description:

Louis Lamotte was a prolific French gunmaker in St. Etienne primarily noted for making extremely ornate firearms for the Ottoman Empire trade in the second half of the 18th century. This pistol is certainly in keeping with that reputation and has extensive ornamentation in mainly floral and classical martial patterns. The lock is signed "Louis/Lamotte" at the front, and the underside of the barrel has an unclear marking and sun and "TORDU" (twisted indicating Damascus/pattern welded barrel). The barrel has a brass cannon style muzzle and brass wrapped breech section with raised relief classical martial designs. The lock is an interesting "boxlock" design with an internally mounted cock, frizzen, and frizzen spring; a serrated battery face, sliding safety, and an alloy plate with cast classical martial and floral patterns. The furniture is silver alloy with floral and martial patterns, and the stock features extensive inlays covering nearly all of the surfaces. In keeping with the Ottoman preferences, the "ramrod" is permanently in place as the regional preference was to keep the actual rod with the other loading equipment.

Rating Definition:

Very fine overall with bright iron and aged patinas on the balance, and generally light overall wear. The stock is also very fine and has a few minor slivers of inlay absent, rather open lock mortise, and minor wear. Mechanically fine.



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