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Combined axe and wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Combined axe and wheel-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1570
  • Steel, wood and copper alloy, blued
  • Length: 101.6 cm, overall
    Length: 29.2 cm, axe-head
    Width: 1 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.97 kg
  • Stamp: Two marks
    Stamp: Repetition of the smaller mark on the axe-blade
  • A1239
  • European Armoury III
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  • Combined axe and wheel-lock pistol. The axe-head consists of a long, narrow blade balanced on the opposite side by a slightly curved, pyramidal pick. The axe-blade has a bevelled cutting edge and is pierced with four heart-shaped openings, three being arranged in a trefoil. The blade is stamped on the right side with two marks.

    The staff of dark wood is reinforced with steel straps which partly retain their blued surface. At the back is inlaid the barrel of the pistol, the socket of the axe-head fitting over the muzzle. The lock is placed in the conventional position on the right side.

    Octagonal barrel. Backsight with high parallel sides. The foresight is of brass and set in an opening pierced through the base of the beak. Below the barrel is inserted a wooden ramrod.

    Lock with external wheel contained in a domed cover into which the squared end of the wheel-spindle is sunk. Safety-catch and release button for the pan-cover. The lock-plate retains much of the original blueing, and is stamped with a repetition of the smaller mark on the axe-blade. The trigger is an acorn-shaped button placed at the end of the lower reinforcing-strap twelve inches from the ferrule. This latter consists of a steel band, with a pyramidal spike driven into the end of the haft.

    German, about 1570.

    The marks are not apparently recorded in N. Støckel.