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Pair of Flintlock Pistols

Gunsmith:
Leonardus Graeff (Aachen (now Germany), active ca. 1670–80)
Date:
ca. 1675–85
Geography:
Aachen
Culture:
Southern Netherlandish, Aachen
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver, ivory
Dimensions:
L. of each 19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm); L. of each barrel 12 3/16 in. (30.9 cm); Cal. of each barrel .52 in. (13.2 mm); Wt. of each 2 lb. 3 oz. (992 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Flintlock
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1408a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Although Dutch in overall style, these pistols are unusual because they were made in Aachen rather than Maastricht and because the helmets on the pistol butts are separately made in gilt silver rather than carved in ivory.
Signature: Signed on each lock: AQVISGRANI LEONARDUS GRAEFF (Aachen Leonardus Graeff).
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