Double-Barreled Wheellock Pistol Made for Emperor Charles V (reigned 1519–56)
Peter Peck (German, Munich, 1503–1596)
Ambrosius Gemlich (German, Munich and Landshut, active ca. 1520–50)
Steel, gold, wood (cherry), staghorn
L. 19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm); L. of upper barrel 10 in. (25.4 cm); L. of lower barrel 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); Cal. of each barrel .46 in. (11.7 mm); Wt. 5 lb. 10 oz. (2550 g)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
One of the earliest pistols, this firearm was designed and produced by Peter Peck, a maker of watches and guns. The two locks combined in one mechanism provided the barrels with separate ignition. Made for Emperor Charles V (reigned 1519–56), the pistol is decorated with his dynastic and personal emblems: the double-headed eagle and the pillars of Hercules with the Latin motto PLUS ULTRA (More beyond).
Inscription: Inscribed: PLVS VLTRA (More beyond).
Marking: Stamped on the breechblock and adjacent area of the barrel: the double P mark of Peter Peck.
Artist: Ambrosius Gemlich (German, Munich and Landshut, active ca. 1520–50)Date: blade ca. 1528–29, etched with a calendar for the years 1529–34; barrel dated 1540 or 1546Medium: Steel, gold, staghorn, bronzeAccession: 04.3.158On view in:Gallery 375