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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.
Ex. coll.: Prince Peter Soltykoff, Paris (1854, no. 266); William H. Riggs, Paris.
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