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Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1720 (barrel)
    c. 1640 (lock)
    19th century (stock)
  • Steel, walnut wood and antler, engraved
  • Length: 55.6 cm, overall
    Length: 35.8 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.9 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.68 kg
  • Stamp: Marks of Henneberg and Suhl and the maker's initials
  • A1163
  • Reserve Vault 3
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Wheel-lock pistol, plain steel barrel with flattened top rib, foresight, and a groove in the breech-strap to serve as a backsight. The underside is stamped with the marks of Henneberg and Suhl, and the maker's initials.

    Lock with external wheel and a spring-catch for the pan-cover. The bearing which keeps the wheel flat against the lock-plate is missing.

    Walnut stock with flattened ball butt, inlaid with engraved antler in the form of monsters, bunches of fruit and tendrils, and circular spots of bone. On the butt is a plaque engraved with a coat of arms of a lion rampant charged in saltire with a sword and a scimitar, and at the end a circular plaque engraved with a male head in Roman armour.

    Barrel, German (Suhl), about 1720; lock, German, about 1640; stock, in the German style of about 1570, is a crude imitation of the 19th century.

    Compare the marks on a gun in the TøjhusMuséet, Copenhagen, no. B 86.
    The town of Suhl in the old principality of Henneberg, has a long history as a centre of the manufacture of firearms, which is still its principal industry today.
    See also A1102.

    The first mark on the barrel, which resembles a snail, is apparently not in N. Støckel. The third mark is probably HK, see N. Støckel, I, p. 662, no. a 3415, ascribed to Suhl about 1685.