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Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Augsburg, Germany
  • c. 1590
  • Steel, gold, walnut, antler and ivory, gilded, blued, chiselled, engraved and stained
  • Length: 57.3 cm, length
    Length: 35.5 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.3 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.52 kg
  • Stamp: Four marks including the letter a in a pearled oval. The third mark on the barrel is either a letter c or a new moon in an oval with a pearled edge, the fourth is an egg shaped punch.
  • A1145
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Wheel-lock pistol, the steel barrel formerly blued, octagonal at the breech and expanding slightly at the muzzle. It is lightly engraved at the breech and muzzle, and is stamped with four marks, including the letter A in a pearled oval. There is a very long breech-strap engraved with a pattern of flowers bearing traces of gilding.

    Lock with external wheel and safety-catch. The original blueing remains. The turned and chiselled cock is of Italian make and some years later in date than the rest of the lock.

    Walnut stock inlaid with a running design of hares and hounds and foliage in engraved antler and stained ivory; on the larger surfaces are engraved figures of satyrs, amorini, and monsters' heads. The lemon-shaped butt is turned from a single piece of antler divided into compartments and engraved with flowers. Wooden ramrod tipped with antler, engraved en suite.
    The trigger-guard is missing.

    German (Augsburg), about 1590.

    For a discussion of the letter A within a pearled oval, see under A45.
    The third mark on the barrel is either a letter G or a new moon in an oval with a pearled edge, and the fourth is an egg-shaped punch, with the smaller end upward, containing a beaker-shaped object. None of these marks can be identified with those in N. Støckel.

    The cock is of Italian type.

    L'art ancien, 118 (coll. M. Double).

    Exhibited: Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, possibly no. 2010 (Double).
    Provenance: Leopold Double.