Nicolas Noël Boutet

A case with a pair of flintlock pocket pistols with ebony grips and engraved steel barrels, c. 1805

Nicolas-Noël Boutet (1761 1833), was a French gunsmith and director of the Versailles rifle manufactory.


He was born in Paris as the son of the royal gunsmith and became his assistant. In 1788, he married Leonie-Emilie Desainte, the daughter of his father's colleague, which gave him an even better position at court and the title "Gunmaker in Ordinary" to King Louis XVI.

During the revolution he worked for Napoleon as director of the state arms manufactory.[1]

He died in Paris.[1]


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