French Flintlock Target Rifle – Grenoble, circa 1670-80

A magnificent and extremely rare rifle made strictly for target shooting, by Cloistre a Grenoble.  The 27 3/4″ beautifully formed and  multi-grooved rifled barrel of  .45 cal. is set into a  three-quarter stock of highly figured grenoble walnut, which is richly carved at the fore-end, around the tang and at the tail of the lock. Signed on the finely engraved lock and barrel and with engraved and pierced side-plate.  Due to the diminutive size, 40″ overall, it may be speculated that this fine rifle, provided with a double set trigger, was made for a child of privilege to use in competition.

Provenance: Sotheby’s, Zurich, 6 November 1992, Lot 235

Price – $22,000