A MAGNIFICENT CASED PRESENTATION 120-BORE PERCUSSION EIGHTEEN-BARRELLED PEPPERBOX REVOLVER, MODEL 'MARIETTE'S PATENT',
circa 1845, with plain round etched damascus turn-off 3 1/8in. barrels (six nipples absent), each of the 18 barrels numbered near turn-off and screwed onto a detachable plate inlaid around the border with gold and white metal arabesques, the whole released via a knurled nut to the front centre, full gilt and white metal wire scroll inlaid nipple guard with ejection port to underside, rounded oval cross-section double action only hammerless action engraved throughout and inlaid with gold and white-metal scrolls, the left and right side featuring an oval panel bordered by a gold band containing a gamebird also in gold, the top with a complex gold and white metal bordered panel signed in gilt 'M.J. CHAUMONT, FOURNISSEUR DU ROI DES PAYS-BAS' (Supplier to the King of the Netherlands), further gold and white-metal arabesques inlaid to the top-tang, deeply fluted walnut grip also carved with vines and running scrolls, carved and moulded diamond-shaped spire pommel inlaid with gold borders, guarded trigger with spurred trigger guard inlaid with a gilt hunting dog, much of the engraving on a stippled ground, the revolver in fine condition and complete with its maker's ebonised wood case, the lid and sides strung in bone and white-metal bands, the interior fitted out in the continental style in red velvet (much now faded) and including the original three-way flask and combination tool and mould.
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