Pair of Wheellock Pistols Made for the Bodyguard of the Prince-Elector of Saxony
Zacharias Herold (German, Dresden, recorded 1586–1618)
Steel, wood, silver, gold, brass
14.25.1399a; L. 24 3/16 in. (61.4 cm); L. of barrel 15 1/16 in. (38.3 cm); Cal. .502 in. (12.8 mm); Wt. 4 lb. 3 oz. (1899 g)
14.25.1399b; L. 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm); L. of barrel 15 3/8 in. (39.1 cm); Cal. .507 in. (12.88 mm); Wt. 4 lb. 1 oz. (1850 g)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Many similar pistols were made by Dresden gunmakers for the elector's mounted bodyguard. The large spherical pommel facilitated easy withdrawal from a saddle holster. The Saxon ducal arms is on the silver buttplate.
Marking: Stamped on one of the barrels: a fleur-de-lys.