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Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Augsburg and Nuremberg, Germany
  • c. 1590
  • Steel, ebony, antler and wood, engraved
  • Length: 51.8 cm, overall
    Length: 30.2 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.3 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.775 kg
  • Stamp: Augsburg mark
    Maker's mark
    Stamp: Nuremberg mark
    Maker's mark: A horse man, his head flanked by the letters VS
  • A1149
  • European Armoury III
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  • Wheel-lock pistol, the barrel octagonal at breech, and widening slightly at the muzzle. At the breech are stamped the Augsburg mark and a maker's mark.

    Lock with external wheel contained in a steel casing, the top plate pierced with open tracery. Lock-plate stamped with the Nuremberg mark and the maker's mark, and engraved with a decorative border. Cock engraved with a monster. Release button for the spring of the pan-cover, which is engraved with a lion's mask. The safety-catch is placed on the left side of the stock, the sear having an exceptionally long arm, the end of which protrudes through the stock to be intercepted by the catch.

    Stock of ebony with spherical butt, inlaid with strips and panels of antler engraved with masks, scrollwork and at the ramrod socket the head of an antique warrior. On the nearside opposite the lock is a seated lion. Wooden ramrod with steel tip threaded internally to take a cleaning implement.

    German: barrel, Augsburg; lock, Nuremberg, about 1590.

    The barrel and stock of this pistol closely resemble A1148, but the two do not form an exact pair.

    The two masks engraved on antler plaques inlaid on either side of the barrel-tang are very similar to those of A1146 and 1148. The lock of A1149 is of quite different construction to that of A1148.

    The barrel-maker's mark, which includes the letters AS, is not in N. Støckel but no.a 8218 (II, p. 1129) is identical except that the second letter is a Z. It is identified as that of Anton Schmidt of Augsburg, about 1567 to 1623. Examples of his work are at Vienna and Graz (Schedelmann, 1972, p. 25). A similar mark, but with the initials AW, is tentatively ascribed to Andreas Waseman of Augsburg, about 1570, by N. Støckel, II, p. 1369, no. a 1985.
    The lock-maker's mark is N. Støckel, II, p. 1261, no. b 8352, ascribed to Nuremberg, about 1590.