Wheellock Pistol Made for Maximilian I of Bavaria (1573–1651)
Emanuel Sadeler (German, Munich, active 1594–1610)
L. 14 3/16 in. (36.0 cm); L. of barrel 8 9/16 in. (21.7 cm); Cal. .45 in. (11.4 mm); Wt. 2 lb. 12 oz. (1247 g)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
An all-steel stock is unusual and was probably used to give Sadeler more surface on which to display his talents. The pommel is decorated with the coat of arms of Bavaria under a ducal crown and encircled by the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Duke Maximilian I (1573–1651) became a knight of this prestigious order in 1600.
Ex. coll.: Le Page; Duc de Luynes; William H. Riggs.
Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916.
Blair, Claude. Pistols of the World. London: Batsford, 1968.
Artist: Ambrosius Gemlich (German, Munich and Landshut, active ca. 1520–50)Date: blade ca. 1528–29, etched with a calendar for the years 1529–34; barrel dated 1540 or 1546Medium: Steel, gold, staghorn, bronzeAccession: 04.3.158On view in:Gallery 375