L. of each pistol 20 1/8 in. (51.1 cm); Cal. of 14.25.1433a .444 in (11.2 mm); Cal. of 14.25.1433b .463 in. (11.3 mm); L. of each barrel 12 in. (30.5 cm); L. of plug 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); Diam. at muzzle 3/4 in. (19.1 mm); Diam. at breech 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm); L. of lock 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); Wt. of 14.25.1433a 4 lb. 2 oz. (1871 g); Wt. of 14.25.1433b 4 lb. (1814 g)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
These pistols are remarkable for the chiseled and gilt decoration of the barrels and locks, for the distinctive figural and floral inlay on the stocks, which is copied in part from ornament engravings by Etienne Delaune (1518/19–1583), and for the use of red paint to highlight the stock decoration. The survival of the matching priming flask also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 14.25.1523) is also exceptional for a pistol from this early date.
Artist: Étienne Delaune (French, Orléans 1518/19–1583 Strasbourg)Date: second half 16th centuryMedium: Pen and black, dark gray, and gray brown ink, and (between the pen lines of the illusionistic frame) brush and gray ink, on vellum.Accession: 1975.1.618On view in:Not on view
Artist: Attributed to Étienne Delaune (French, Orléans 1518/19–1583 Strasbourg)Date: 16th centuryMedium: Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown washes, with graphite underdrawing.Accession: 1971.513.17On view in:Not on view