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Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1610
  • Steel, mother-of-pearl, copper alloy, antler and wood, engraved
  • Length: 78.2 cm, overall
    Length: 58.2 cm, barrel
    Width: 1 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.685 kg
  • Maker's mark: Two marks
    Maker's mark
  • A1172
  • European Armoury III
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  • Wheel-lock pistol, with a slender, octagonal barrel, ornamental at breech and muzzle with parallel strips of running foliage chiselled in low relief. On the underside near the breech are stamped two maker's marks.

    The lock has an external wheel with a ring-shaped bearing-plate. The lock-plate has an engraved border stamped with a maker's mark. Safety-catch.

    The stock, with butt of petronel form, is inlaid with plaques of mother-of-pearl engraved with cherubs' heads, monsters and fruit. A large plaque on the left side between the lockscrews is engraved with a composition of Diana seated with a hound. On the underside of the stock is an oval plaque engraved with an antique male head, and another on the heel of the butt with a female head.
    The ground is closely inlaid with fine brass wire and stars with occasional small inlays of mother-of-pearl. Fore-end tipped with antler and the single ramrod pipe is of the same material. Wooden ramrod with moulded steel tip.

    Dutch, about 1610.

    There is a similar mark, together with another ascribed to the Dutch maker, Adolf Bochs or Bosch, on the locks of a pair of wheel-lock pistols at Emden (Potier, Nos. 1293-4).

    None of the marks on this weapon are recorded in N. Støckel, but the mark on the lock is reproduced by Kist, Puype and van der Sloot who tentatively ascribed it to S'Hertogenbosch (Bois-le-duc), in North Brabant (1974, p. 162, diag. 6, mark P). The mark described above as occurring at Emden is that on the lock.

    The decoration of the barrel and lock-plate, but not that of the wheel and cock, are later (J. F. Hayward, personal communication).