Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Wheellock Gun Made for the Bodyguard of the Prince-Elector of Saxony

Date:
dated 1589
Geography:
Dresden
Culture:
German, Dresden
Medium:
Steel, brass, gold, wood (walnut), staghorn
Dimensions:
L. 54 in. (137.2 cm); L. of barrel 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm); L. of plug 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm) Cal. .64 in. (16.3 mm); Wt. 11 lb. 11 oz. (5301 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Guns-Wheellock
Credit Line:
Gift of Prince Albrecht Radziwill, 1928
Accession Number:
28.100.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Inscription: Inscribed on the top facet of the barrel: Z H (Zacharias Herold); 1589.

Marking: Marked on the lockplate: a fleur-de-lys in a shield;

Engraved on the wheel cover: the arms of Saxony, and the crossed swords of the Archmarshalship of the Empire;

Marked on the bottom of the barrel: MP;

On the breech plug: 8;

Underneath the patchbox cover: MA.
Ex. coll.: Armory of the Elector Christian I of Saxony; Dresden Historical Museum, Saxony.
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.

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.

Flint. Flint Institute of Arts. "The Art of the Armorer," December 7, 1967–April 1, 1968, no. 73.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982.

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982.

San Antonio. The Witte Memorial Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983.

Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 10, 1983–June 2, 1984.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983.

San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984.

"Aus der Sammlung von R. und Anderem Privatbesitz ." In Schutz- und Trutzwaffen des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts aus dem Historischen Museum Dresden. Berlin: Rudolph Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, May 5, 1927. no. 56 (another gun from this series).

Stockel, Johann F., and Tøjhusmuseet. Haandskydevaabens Bedømmelse. Vol. I. Copenhagen: Nordlundes Bogtrykkeri, 1938. p. 132, nos. 511, 512 (ill. marks used by Zachaias Herold in 1589).



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