Flintlock Flowing Piece Built Paris Circa 1780
- Price: $3,795.00 CAD
- Licensing Category: Antique
- Maker: French
- Model: Flintlock
An original flint fowling piece built in Paris circa 1780. This fowling piece shows a 34" , 20 gauge barrel and an overall length of 49 1/2" and a weight of slighlty less than 5 pounds. This piece was built by the French gun maker Etienne Morizeau who worked from 1750 to his death sometime before 1799. He is listed as a Juree for the Parisian Gunmaker's guild in 1764. The barrel is marked Morizeau Paris, Rue Des St. Peres. The lock is marked with his name Neveu de Chasteau at the same address. His uncle was Claude Chasteau who occupied the same premises prior to Morizeau.This classic piece remains in very good to excellent condition for its age. The lock is original to the gun and is original flint. The elaborate triggerguard is 12" and remains in excellent condtion. The forestock was repaired at sometime, however the two front thimbles are correct and match the base thimble. The fact that the thimbles and barrel wedges are original suggests tha the repair was done at sometime contemporary with the use of the firearm. The quality of the wood and the workmanship in the fittings suggest that this gun was built for a higher class of person at the time. The original leather cheek piece remains in place and shows a braided wire edging secured by brads. The ebony rod remains in place but shows some insect damage and is missing the base tip. A high quality fowling piece for the discriminating collector.