The Wallace Collection

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Wheel-lock pistol
  • Wheel-lock pistol
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1580
  • Steel, gold, silver, antler and ivory, blued, overlaid and stained
  • Length: 53.3 cm, overall
    Length: 30.1 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.7 cm, calibre
    Weight: 2.27 kg
  • Maker's mark: Indistinct
  • A1141
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
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  • Wheel-lock pistol, the barrel of blued steel, octagonal at the breech and swelling at the muzzle. On the top near the breech is stamped an indistinct maker's mark.

    Lock with wheel partly sunk into the lock-plate and covered with a steel casing. The lock-plate and wheel case are blued and overlaid with arabesques in gold and silver. There is a release button for the pan-cover spring and a safety-catch.

    Stock with ball butt, inlaid with spirals and foliage of antler and stained ivory (green and yellow). It carries a belt hook overlaid in similar style to the lock.

    German, about 1580.

    The pan-cover release-spring is mounted further to the rear than is usual. The screws securing the lock have their heads on the right side and screw into the belt-hook.

    The decoration of the metalwork resembles that of the 'Landsknecht' daggers nos. A758 and 759. A pistol very similar indeed to no. A1141, formerly in a Rothschild collection, and later in the H. Kindig collection, was in 1972 in the collection of H. Ratner Jr., Pennsylvania. It is said to have come from the old Imperial Armoury at Vienna.

    W. Glage considers that the domed wheel-cover indicates Brunswick manufacture (personal communication, 1983).