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Wheel-lock pistol
  • Wheel-lock pistol
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Augsburg, Germany
  • c. 1580
  • Steel
  • Length: 18.6 cm, overall
    Length: 42.4 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.5 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.7 kg
  • A1171
  • European Armoury III
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  • Small wheel-lock pistol, the barrel octagonal at the breech, and widening slightly towards the muzzle. At the breech are stamped the Augsburg guild mark and a maker's mark.

    Lock with external wheel and ring-shaped bearing-plate. Safety-catch. The guard over the sear extension for the safety-catch is missing.

    Stock entirely of steel with ball butt. The rear lock-screw also serves to secure a steel belt hook.

    German (Augsburg), about 1580.

    Provenance: Baur (?) (receipted bill, 20 November, 1865, un petit pistolet du XVIe siècle, together with a mace, 200 fr.); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    The top-jaw of the cock, rather than the bottom one, is movable. An extension arm on the trigger acts on the sear.

    A comparable pistol, but with a brass stock, is in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich (no. W1564; Shalkhausser, Waffen- und Kostümkunde, 1971, pp. 71-2, no. 98.