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Pair of Wheellock Pistols

Gunsmith:
Pierre Le Bourgeois (French, Lisieux, died 1627)
Date:
ca. 1610–20
Geography:
Lisieux
Culture:
French, Lisieux
Medium:
Steel, gold, wood, silver, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions:
L. of each pistol 23 5/16 in. (59.2 cm); Cal. of each pistol, .49 in. (12.5 mm); L. of each barrel 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm); Wt. of 19.53.13, 2 lb. 8 oz. (1134 g); Wt. of 19.56.14, 2 lb. 10 oz. (1191 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles M. Schott Jr., 1917
Accession Number:
19.53.13, .14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
These pistols are notable for their combination of restrained use of ornament and great elegance of form. Their maker, Pierre Le Bourgeois, was also responsible for the superb flintlock gun of Louis XIII displayed nearby.
Marking: Marked near the breech: an upright crossbow flanked by the letters P B (Pierre Le Bourgeois of Lisieux).
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