Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pair of Miquelet Flintlock Pistols

Date:
dated 1687
Geography:
Catalonia
Culture:
Spanish, Catalonia
Medium:
Steel, wood, brass
Dimensions:
L. of each 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm); L. of each barrel 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm); Cal. of each .55 in. (14.0 mm); Wt. of each 1 lb. 11 oz. (765 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles M. Schott Jr., 1917
Accession Number:
19.53.24, .25
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
This uniquely Catalan style of pistol is associated with the town of Ripoll, where there was a thriving gunmaking industry from the seventeenth century until the 1830s.
Inscription: Inscribed on the stock: A 1687 O I X (the year of Jesus Christ, 1687);

Also inscribed: Son De Aleix Du Fou [or Fov] (it belongs to Aleix du Fou [or Fov]).

Marking: Marked on the frizzen (part of the lock): a heart enclosing the initials VAL;

On the underside of one of the barrels (19.53.24): two or possibly three letters within a rectangular lozenge, possibly decipherable as AK or TK.
Ex. coll.: Charles M. Schott Jr.
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953, no. 132.

San Francisco. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18–June 7, 1953, no. 132.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 1953–April 1954, no. 132.

Hagerstown, Md. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 27–March 31, 1955.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1953. p.32, no.132, ill.

Blair, Claude. Pistols of the World. London: Batsford, 1968.

Hoff, Arne. Feuerwaffen: Ein Waffenhistorisches Handbuch. Bibliothek für Kunst und Antiquitätenfreunde, Vol. 1. Braunschweig: Klinkhardt u. Biermann, 1969.

Morin, Marco. Armi Antiche. 1st ed. Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1982. no. 235, ill.



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