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Wheellock Pistol

Felix Werder (Swiss, Zurich, 1591–1673)
dated 1640
Swiss, Zürich
Steel, bronze, gold, wood
Cal. .50 in. (12.7 mm); L. 24 3/8 in. (61.9 cm); L. of barrel 17 in. (43.2 cm); L. of lockplate 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 4 oz. (1021 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Alan Rutherfurd Stuyvesant, 1952
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Werder was the most renowned Swiss gunsmith of the period. This pistol is notable for the lively figural plaques of silver on the stock and the delicate floral engraving on the lockplate.
Inscription: Inscribed on the barrel: Felix Weerder fecit Tiguri Anno 1640 (Felix Weerder made this Zurich year 1640).
Dean, Bashford. The Collection of Arms and Armor of Rutherford Stuyvesant, 1843–1909. New York: privately printed, 1914. pp. 143–4, no. 193, pl. XLVII, fig. 193abc.

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