Case with Duelling Pistols, Jean le Page, 1808
This case with duelling pistols and tools was made in the workshop of Jean Le Page in Paris. Up until the Battle of Waterloo (1815) Le Page was allowed to bear the title ‘Arquebusier de L’Empereur’: gunmaker to Emperor Napoleon. This case came into the possession of Lieutenant Henry Sagermans of Brussels shortly after the Battle of Waterloo. Sagermans claimed the pistols were found in Napoleon’s travel carriage which had been abandoned near the battlefield.