Nicolas-Noël Boutet

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Nicolas-Noël Boutet (31 August 1761 – 1833) was a French gunsmith and bladesmith who was director of the Versailles state arms factory. More than 600,000 weapons were produced under his directorship.[1][2]

A case with a pair of flintlock pocket pistols with ebony grips and engraved steel barrels, c. 1805
Napoléon Bonaparte's sabre by Nicolas-Noël Boutet, presented in 1799


Boutet was born in Paris, the son of the royal gunsmith Noël Boutet, and became his father's 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 of France.[3]

During the revolution he worked for Napoleon as director of the state arms manufactory.[4]

He died in Paris.[4]

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  1. ^ Elgood, Robert (1995). Firearms of the Islamic World: In the Tared Rajab Museum, Kuwait. I.B.Tauris. p. 61. ISBN 9781850439639. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ Hayward, John Forrest (1963). The Art of the Gunmaker: Europe and America, 1660-1830. Barrie and Rockliff. p. 189. Retrieved 18 April 2018. The master who was responsible for these revolutionary changes in fire-arms design was Nicolas Noel Boutet, who was born on August 31st, 1761. His father was Noel Boutet, arquebusier des chevaux-légers du Roi.
  3. ^ "Pair of pistols | Boutet, Nicolas Noel |". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Nicolas-Noël Boutet in The Grove Dictionary of Art