Title: Flintlock
Date: 1720–1730s
Maker: E. le Lorain
French, active 1720–30s
Medium: iron or steel with gilding
3 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 7/8 in. (8.3 x 14 x 7.3 cm)
weight: 5 oz. (0.1 kg)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 268:1923
Place made: Valence, Drôme, France
Current Location: 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.
Signed: proper right, etched into steel, block letters: LE LORAIN A VALENCE
- 1923
Sumner Healey Antiquaire, New York, NY [1]

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

[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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