An Impressive Massive French Flintlock Holster Pistol by HENRI LIEBAU, A. SUDAN
A beautiful and massive French flintlock holster pistol of very high quality made for someone of wealth by “HENRI LIEBAU, A. SUDAN”, circa. 1690-1710. 14.25” .56 caliber smooth-bore steel barrel with fine decorative engraving around the breech area including a face of a monster or gargoyle on the top flat and retaining a remarkable amount of original blue finish (approx. 80% finish remaining). The round face banana shaped lock is rather plain with molded edges, maker signed “HENRI LIEBAU, A. SUDAN”. The pistol is in its original flintlock configuration. All brass furniture includes a fantastic high quality open worked side plate depicting scrolls, human and mystical faces, an open worked trigger guard finial, an open worked wrist escutcheon and a fabulous long eared butt cap with a face of a monster. The stock is solid with areas of decorative high relief carving with light scratches and dings from years of handling. 21.5” overall length. A truly remarkable pistol !
RESTORATION NOTES: The top jaw and frizzen are period replacements. The stock’s for-end broke between the ram rod pipes and was mended sometime in the pistol’s working life and the brass entry ram rod pipe is a replacement. The ram rod is an old replacement.