Made by Pierre Le Bourgeois / Flintlock Gun / ca. 1620Made by Pierre Le Bourgeois
Flintlock Gun
ca. 1620

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Creator Name: Le Bourgeois, Pierre
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: died 1627
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Pierre Le Bourgeois
Title: Flintlock Gun
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1610
Creation End Date: 1630
Creation Date: ca. 1620
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: Steel, chiseled, blued, and gilded; wood, inlaid with silver, brass, and engraved mother-of-pearl; brass-gilt; bone
Dimensions: L. 55 in. (140 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1972.223
Credit Line: Rogers and Harris Brisbane Dick Funds, 1972

This smoothbore hunting gun is one of the earliest firearms equipped with a flintlock of French construction. It was made for Louis XIII of France (r. 1610-43) in the workshop directed by Pierre Le Bourgeois's brother Marin (ca. 1550-1634), to whom the invention of the flintlock mechanism is traditionally ascribed. The decoration of the gun includes the crowned monogram of the king.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1972.223
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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