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Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Maastricht, Netherlands
  • c. 1640 - c. 1660
  • Steel, silver, pear-wood and possibly rosewood, engraved
  • Length: 65.3 cm, overall
    Length: 46.7 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.4 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.02 kg
  • Inscription: 'De Lapierre' Name of the maker
    Incised mark: 'A.S.'
  • A1174
  • European Armoury III
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  • Wheel-lock pistol, one of a pair with A1173. The barrel is of round section, with a fine ridge running along the line of sight. On the breech-strap is engraved:

    A Maestrech

    On the underside is a maker's mark.

    The lock has an external wheel with a single retaining hook at the bottom of the lock-plate, and a press-in release for the pan-cover spring.

    Pear-wood stock shaped to the lock in the French manner. Steel trigger-guard. The trigger is provided with a spring to prevent unnecessary movement.

    Single, silver ramrod-pipe, slightly engraved. Ramrod, possibly rosewood, with silver tip engraved like the ramrod-pipe.

    Engraved on the breech-strap with the name of the maker:

    De Lapierre

    On the end of the ramrod tip are roughly scratched the initials A.S.

    Dutch (Maastricht), about 1640-1660.

    There are two flint-lock guns by De Lapierre in the Tøjhusmuseet, Copenhagen (Smith, Kongelige Partikulaere Rüstkammer, nos. B638, B639).

    There is a pair of pistols in the Rüstkammer, Emden (Potier, nos. 1303-4), with the same barrel mark as A1173, and another pair in the Kungl. Livrustkammaren at Stockholm (nos. 1762, 1763); see Lenk, Flintlåset, 1939, p. 70. Compare the marks of A1231-2 and A1161-2.

    The barrel mark is recorded by Støckel, a 2261 and 2262, ascribed to Holland. Lenk describes the first character as a horse-shoe (Flintlåset, 1939, p. 70 and n. 6). Kist, Puype and van der Sloot, ascribe this mark tentatively to Maestricht (1974, p. 162, diag. 6, mark J).