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Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, possibly Brunswick or Wolfenbüttel
  • c. 1580
  • Steel, gold, silver, antler, copper, overlaid, engraved, embossed and gilded
  • Length: 47.7 cm, overall
    Length: 26.8 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.4 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.61 kg
  • A1143
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Wheel-lock pistol, the barrel octagonal at the breech and expanding slightly towards the muzzle, with similar decoration to A1142.

    Lock with external wheel secured by a ring-shaped bearing-plate in place of a dome-shaped cover. The decoration is similar in style to A1142. The dog-head arm which differs in form from A1142 is modern. It is roughly engraved. There is a spring pan-cover catch and a safety-catch. The arrangement of the safety-catch is however quite unlike that of A1142.

    The stock is similar in shape and almost identical in decoration to that of A1142, but the lion's mask on the butt is not pierced for a ring. The bone overlay of the fore-end is damaged.

    German, about 1580.

    W. Glage considers it likely that A1143 was made either at Brunswick or at Wolfenbüttel (personal communication, 1983).