Title: Flintlock
Date: 1724/5–1740
Maker: Johan Jakob Behr
Belgian (born Germany), active 1690s–1745
Medium: steel or iron with engraved and gilded decoration
Dimensions:
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)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 267:1923
Place made: Liege, Belgium
Current Location: On View, Gallery 138
Notes:
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.
Signed: on proper right side, in gilded area, etched in block letters: I I B E H R
Provenance
- 1923
Sumner Healey Antiquaire, New York, NY [1]

1923 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Sumner Healey Antiquaire [2]


Notes:
[1] The main source for this provenance is the Sumner Healey Antiquaire invoice, dated April 12th, 1923 [SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, April 6, 1923.
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