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Johan Jakob Behr
Belgian (born Germany), active 1690s–1745
steel or iron with engraved and gilded decoration
5 1/8 x 6 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (13 x 15.6 x 4.8 cm)
weight: 10 oz. (0.3 kg)
On View, Gallery 138
The invention of the flintlock in France during the early 17th century marked the perfection of the spark-producing ignition. It was so safe, reliable, simple, and inexpensive that it was used in Europe and America until the mid-19th century.
on proper right side, in gilded area, etched in block letters: I I B E H R
Sumner Healey Antiquaire, New York, NY 
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Sumner Healey Antiquaire 
 The main source for this provenance is the Sumner Healey Antiquaire invoice, dated April 12th, 1923 [SLAM document files].
 Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, April 6, 1923.
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