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Wheellock Pistol

Gunsmith:
Peter Danner (German, Nuremberg, ca. 1580–1602)
Date:
ca. 1580
Geography:
Nuremberg
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Steel, bronze, gold, wood (walnut), staghorn
Dimensions:
L. 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm); L. of barrel 12 in. (30.5 cm); Cal. .528 in. (13.4 mm); L. of lock 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); L. of plug 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 14 oz. (1758 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Wheellock
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1419
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
This is a classic example of a finely made and well decorated wheellock pistol from Nuremberg made in the late sixteenth century.
Marking: Stamped on the lock: the mark of Nuremberg, and a shield enclosing a rampant lion surmounted by the initials ME;

On the barrel, at the breech: the Nuremberg guild mark, and a snake between the initials PD (Peter Danner).
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