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Pair of Wheellock Pistols

Date:
ca. 1655–65
Geography:
Maastricht
Culture:
Dutch, Maastricht
Medium:
Steel, brass, gold, ivory
Dimensions:
L. of 14.25.1432a: 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm); L. of 14.25.1432b: 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm); L. of each barrel 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm); Cal. of each barrel .53 in. (13.5 mm); Wt. of each 2 lb. 3 oz. (992 g)
Classification:
Firearms
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1432a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Very few Dutch ivory stocked pistols have wheellocks; the great majority are equipped with flintlocks. This pair also appears to be among the earliest known wheellock examples.
Inscription: Inscribed on each lock: MAESTRICHT.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Paris. Palais du Trocadéro. "Exposition Historique du Trocadéro," 1878.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982, no. 101.

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982, no. 101.

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, no. 101.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983, no. 101.

San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984, no. 101.

Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 10, 1984–June 2, 1984, no. 101.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Incisive Images," March 13–November 25, 2007.

Scofield, J.K., J. F. Hayward, James G. Mann, and C.G.E. Bunt. "Old Firearms in America." The Connoisseur 108 (1941). p. 10, fig. 7.

Peterson, Harold L. The Treasury of the Gun. New York: Golden Press, 1962. p. 67, fig. 5 (ill. 14.25.1432 B).

Thomas, Bruno, Ortwin Gamber, and Hans Schedelmann. Die Schönsten Waffen und Rüstungen aus Europäischen und Amerikanischen Sammlungen. Heidelberg: Keysersche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1963. no. 82, ill.

Lindsay, Merrill, Bruce Pendleton, Verne Noll, and Peter Parnall. One Hundred Great Guns: An Illustrated History of Firearms. New York: Walker and Company, 1967.

Morin, Marco. Armi Antiche. 1st ed. Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1982. no. 165, ill.



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