Marquis De Lafayette Flintlock Pistol

Creator:
Nante Duval

French flintlock pistol made by Nante Duval in Loire between 1760 and 1770. The beautifully worked brass trim and eagle's head pommel are typical of guns from this period. The pistol reportedly belonged to the Marquis de Lafayette.

Description (physical):

Brass trim.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0023
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

First Official Salute To The American Flag

Creator:
Phillips Melville
Description (physical):

Oil on canvas

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0013
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Surprize Captures The Harwich Packet

Creator:
E. Tufnell
Description (physical):

Watercolor.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0006
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Gardner-Serpollet Steamer

Date:
1902

Some early cars were powered by steam. This Gardner-Serpollet Steamer, built in France where many early steam vehicles were designed, never achieved the fame of America's Stanley Steamer. This 1902 model has elegant brass and leather work.

Description (physical):

Brass, leather.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Le Faucheaux Pocket Revolver

Date:
1854
Description (physical):

.32 Caliber

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike,Pennsylvania,Gettysburg,17325
Identifier:
2010.7517.0008
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Carte De La Virginie Et Du Mariland (map Of Virginia And Maryland)

Date:
c. 1700s

This map charts the Louisiana Territory, Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. It depicts numerous waterways, including the Delaware River, Chesapeake Bay, Susquehanna River, Queens River, Patapsco River, Severn River, Patuxent River, Potomac River, Rappahannock River, York River and James River. The Allegany Mountains are also shown, as are many colonial towns/cities, like Baltimore, Annapolis, London, Alexandria, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, Jamestown and Norfolk.

Description (physical):

H: 7 7/8", W: 9 1/2"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0001.0034
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

French 4 Pounder Smoothbore

Date:
1793
Publisher/Studio:
Lyons

This is a French 4-pounder smoothbore gun, cast at Lyons in 1793 and apparently captured during the Quasi-War with France (1798-1800). Manufactured in the year in which Louis XVI went to the guillotine, it has its founder's identification on the breech face with the republican slogan "Liberte,egalite" on the chase. A nearly-obliterated device on the first reinforce seems to be a revolutionary national monogram substitute for the royal cipher used on earlier guns. Where 3-pounder and 6-pounder guns were used in the English service, the French preferred 4- and 8- pounders.

Description (physical):

Material: Bronze.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE 20374
Identifier:
61-84-AP
Institution:
Naval Historical Center

French 12 Pounder Bronze Gun

Date:
1740
Publisher/Studio:
Douay

This can, appropriately, be called a "Decatur gun." No. 11 is a French 12-pounder, made at Douay in 1740 for Louis XV, and taken by Decatur during his operations against Algiers in 1815. The French 12-pounder was, as the Latin inscription on its breech rings show, made at Douay in 1740 by the famed works established for Louis XIV in 1667; Claude Berenger de la Falise was appointed Commissaire des Fontes de France in 1696, and he and his descendants continued to produce guns for the French service at Douay until 1819. Read more »

Description (physical):

Material: Bronze.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE 20374
Identifier:
61-84-S
Institution:
Naval Historical Center

French 12 Pounder Bronze Gun

Date:
1740
Publisher/Studio:
Douay

This can, appropriately, be called a "Decatur gun." No. 12 is a French 12-pounder, made at Douay in 1740 for Louis XV, and taken by Decatur during his operations against Algiers in 1815. The French 12-pounder was, as the Latin inscription on its breech rings show, made at Douay in 1740 by the famed works established for Louis XIV in 1667; Claude Berenger de la Falise was appointed Commissaire des Fontes de France in 1696, and he and his descendants continued to produce guns for the French service at Douay until 1819. This gun, named LE BELLIQUEUX (The Warlike One), has had a large hexagonal vent piece added. This vent piece, lacking the cup-shaped depression around the vent) for powder, was evidently added in the late 1700's after tube primers had supplanted loose-powder priming. Though made after the death of Louis XIV, it is still ornamented in the style of his regime. Besides the royal arms, the first reinforce bears the famous device of the "Sun King" with his motto, Nec pluribus impar. "Not unequal to many" was Louis' roundabout way of describing himself as a match for any number of adversaries. On the chase is the inscription Ultima ratio regum, "the last argument of kings," widely used on European ordinance during this age of royal absolutism. No. 12 was made under the system of ordnance reform proposed by General Valliere and adopted in 1732; this was the first rationalization of French land artillery and prefigured Gribeauval's reforms of the 1770s. The rooster head cascabel knobs were a feature of Valliere's scheme. Muzzle-loading smoothbore guns were similar in size and appearance, and a gunner had to measure the bore of a strange gun to determine its caliber. Guns in each of Vallerie's five standard calibers had an identifying cascabel design. The rooster told a gunner that this was a 12-pounder. Since the French livre weighed 1.097 English pounds, this "12-pounder" fired a heavier (13.164 pounds) ball than its British or American counterparts.

Description (physical):

Material: Bronze.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE 20374
Identifier:
61-84-Q
Institution:
Naval Historical Center

M1853 Lefaucheux

Date:
c. 1860

M1853 LEFAUCHEUX PIN-FIRE CARTRIDGE REVOLVER, 12 MM. CALIBER, 6-SHOT. LEFT SIDE OF BARREL MARKED: E. LEFAUCHEUX / IN E BREVETE"SERIAL # ON LEFT SIDE OF FRAME UNDER CYLINDER: 4415" Origin: PARIS, FRANCE.

Description (physical):

Material: Steel, Wood. L: 29.3 Cm.

Location:
12521 Lee Highway Manassas, Virginia 20109
Identifier:
MANA 1653
Institution:
Manassas National Battlefield Park