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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.
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