The case of pistols once belonged to Prince Felix of Schwarzenburg, a 19th century Austrian statesman. Felix was a respected ambassador in Europe, resulting in his election as minister-president and foreign minister of Austria in 1848. The pistols are thought to have been a gift to Felix following his appointment as minister-president. They were made by the noted French firearms manufacturer Le Page, a company renowned for its regal clientele.
A Very Fine And Rare Cased Pair Of French Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistols Of Presentation Quality By Boutet, Directeur Artiste, Manufacture A Versailles, No. 156, Paris Silver Marks For 1798-1809, Maker's Mark 'JM',