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Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1630
  • Steel, antler, gold, copper alloy and wood, engraved
  • Length: 61.4 cm, overall
    Length: 39.9 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.4 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.345 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A1159
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Wheel-lock pistol, one of a pair with A1160, the barrel octagonal at the breech, then for an inch polygonal and the remainder of round section. Steel foresight. On the underside near the breech is a maker's mark.

    Lock with external wheel held in position by a hook at the bottom. Lock-plate with bevelled edges. The ends of the spring of the cock are covered by a trilobate steel plate engraved with an eight-petalled flower.

    Stock, shaped to the lock on the underside, with hexagonal butt, slightly swelling at the end, richly inlaid with antler strapwork and scrolls, interspersed with human figures, animals, caryatid and terminal figures and annular ornament. On the end of the butt a small, rosette-shaped button of gilt brass. Steel trigger-guard roughly engraved with a floral design. Wooden ramrod with antler tip. The single ramrod pipe, which was probably of antler, is missing.
    A1160 exactly resembles its companion.

    German, about 1630.

    L' Art Ancien, III, 368; Musée Rétrospectif, 1865.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.

    There was a similar pair of pistols in the later Spitzer Collection, sale cat., 1895 (lot 368).

    The fore-stocks have been shortened.

    Exhibited: Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 2004 (Spitzer).

    The barrel-maker's mark does not appear to be recorded in N. Støckel. J. F. Hayward examined these pistols in 1963 and expressed reservations about the authenticity of the inlay of their stocks.