Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Double-Barreled, Double-Wheellock Pistol

Date:
ca. 1580
Geography:
Augsburg
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Steel, copper, gold, leather
Dimensions:
L. 25 3/8 in. (64.4 cm); L. of barrel 17 1/8 in. (43.5 cm); Cal. .358 in. (9.1 mm); Wt. 4 lb. 4 oz. (1928 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Wheellock
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1420
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Although most sixteenth-century firearms were single-shot, gunmakers sometimes experimented with various multishot weapons. This example gave two shots, each barrel having its own wheellock. The metal stock, providing extra support for the double mechanism, is etched with hunting scenes.
Marking: Stamped at the breech end of the barrel: the Augsburg fir cone mark.
Ex. coll.: Meyrick, London; Prince Peter Soltykoff, Paris; William H. Riggs, Paris.
Hagerstown. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 27–March 31, 1955.

Newark. Newark Museum Association. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 15–September 15, 1955.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982.

San Antonio. The Witte Memorial Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983.

Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 10, 1983–June 2, 1984.

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