The Napoleonic Wars were so devastating that, after peace was established, nearly all European countries rearmed with updated weapons based evolving technology and tactic changes experienced during the wars. In France, the Bourbon restoration government prescribed new weapons including the 1816 pattern officers pistol. This example was made at the Mahlberg Arsenal and the lock plate is marked, Mr Rle de Maubeuge and mounts a throat hole cock. The 7 3/4" .65 cal. barrel is marked with a P at the breech. The domed butt cap, on which officers sometimes had their monograms engraved, is plain as made. The barrel shows a light gray patina while the lock is crisp as new with very minor finger rust. The stock as well, is in excellent preservation with very small storage bruises.