Nicolas Noël-Boutet is unquestionably one of the finest firearms artisans the world has ever known. A craftsman to kings, emperors, and other powerful men of state, his work stands tall even among its peers. This opulent set of pistols is matched in its beauty only by its history. Encrusted in gold and lavish decoration, they were presented in 1808 to Contre-Amiral Cesar-Joseph Bourayne, Baron de l’Empire. They are a masterpiece in every sense of the word.