Ambrosius Gemlich (German, Munich and Landshut, active ca. 1520–50)
blade ca. 1528–29, etched with a calendar for the years 1529–34; barrel dated 1540 or 1546
Steel, gold, staghorn, bronze
L. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm); L. of barrel 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm); L. of blade 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm); Cal. .28 in. (7.1 mm)
Rogers Fund, 1904
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
In the sixteenth century, wheellock pistols sometimes were combined with swords, knives, axes, maces, spears, and even crossbows, which could be used in the event the pistol misfired. Usually clumsy and impractical, combined weapons were nevertheless highly prized curiosities. On this example, the heavy, cleaverlike blade is etched with a calendar and the decorator's name.
Inscription: Inscribed: Ambrosi Gemlich Mitbvrger zvo Minichenn had disse Kollender gemach.
Ex. coll.: Louis Carrand; Costantino Ressman; Duc de Dino, Paris (G.46).