French Queen Anne style Flintlock Pistol signed Martin of Paris with a rare rifled barrel, circa 1700
French Queen Anne style flintlock pistol signed Martin of Paris with a rare rifled barrel, circa 1700. An unusual 4 inch .54 caliber rifled breech-loading screw-barrel. Octagonal to faceted breech with around barrel decorated with turned rings. Barrel wrench would have fitted the rifling. Over all length 8 3/4 inched. Original flint early-style side lock marked MARTIN with two additional letters I can't read followed by AU PARIS. No bridle on the lock. Burl walnut half stock with unusual lump on back of stock. Raised carved decoration around barrel tang and trigger guard. Stock is in excellent condition with a lovely color. Minor dents and wear from age. Iron trigger guard with a filed floral decoration. Early style trigger with a curl. S-shaped iron side plate. Iron has an overall gray patina. Some light corrosion.