The Wallace Collection

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Wheel-lock pistol
  • Wheel-lock pistol
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • c. 1580
  • Steel and gold, etched and gilded
  • Length: 59.6 cm, overall
    Length: 42.4 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.5 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.7 kg
  • Stamp: Nuremberg mark
    Maker's mark
  • A1170
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Wheel-lock pistol, with an octagonal barrel, expanding slightly at the muzzle, and etched with alternate bands of scrollwork and foliage. There is a groove for a missing backsight, but no foresight. The breech-plug is missing. The barrel is not that originally made for the stock, but is too long. The decoration was probably added in the 19th century.

    Lock with external wheel covered with a plate of pierced steel etched with foliage on a gilt, granulated ground. There is a release button for the pan-cover catch and a safety-catch. The shank of the cock is elaborately turned. The lock-plate is stamped with the Nuremberg guild mark and the maker's mark, and is bordered with a much worn band of foliage etched on a granulated ground and showing traces of gilding.

    Stock entirely of steel, the surface covered with a shallow etched design, formerly gilt, of arabesque foliage enclosing panels containing animals of the chase and human heads. The butt of petronel type is etched on the base-plate with a standard-bearer in the costume of about 1580. The stock just above the butt is rounded and free from decoration showing that is was formerly bound with cord or wire.

    The trigger-guard and ramrod are missing.

    German (Nuremberg), about 1580.

    The lock-maker's mark is not recorded in N. Støckel.