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Pair of Flintlock Pistols

Johann Andreas Kuchenreuter (German, Regensburg, 1716–1795)
ca. 1760–70
German, Regensburg
Steel, wood, bronze, gold, silver, horn
L. 16 3/4 in. (42.6 cm); L. of barrel 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); L. of lockplate 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); Cal. .56 in. (14.2 mm); Wt. 1 lb. 13 oz. (822 g)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bashford Dean Bequest, 1969
Accession Number:
69.295.1, .2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Several generations of the Kuchenreuter family were highly successful gunsmiths whose patrons included the King of Bohemia, Napoleon, and the Tsar of Russia. Johann Andreas and his father Johann Jacob were among the most famous members of this gun-making dynasty.
Signature: Signed on the barrel, inlaid in silver: JOH. AND. KUCHENREUTER.
Stockel, Johann F., and Tøjhusmuseet. Haandskydevaabens Bedømmelse. Vol. 1. Copenhagen: Nordlundes Bogtrykkeri, 1938. pp. 162–63 (marks of the gunsmith).

Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of Fine Firearms and Armour Including the Property of the Late Miss S. A. P. Boyle , the Property of D. R. Somervell, Esq., and the Property of Sir Weldon Dalrymple-Champneys, Bt. C. B.. London: Redington & Co., October 16, 1967. p. 40, no. 147, ill.

Dorotheum. Anonymous Collection, sale no. 583. Vienna: Dorotheum, March 18–21, 1969. no. 836.

Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of Fine Firearms Including the Property of the Rt. Hon. Lord Dickinson and Various Owners. London: Redington & Co., October 13, 1969. p. 12, no. 34, ill.

Nickel, Helmut. "Reports of the Departments: Arms and Armor." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 29, no. 2 (October 1970). p. 65, ill.

Schedelmann, Hans, and Bruno Thomas. Die Grossen Büchsenmacher: Leben, Werke, Maren vom 15. bis 19. Jahrhundert. Braunschweig, Germany: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1972. p. 255 (gunsmith discussed).

Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde. Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 258, ill.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975. p. 42, ill.

Götschmann, Dirk. Die Kuchenreuter und ihre Zunftgenossen: Das Oberfälzer Büschenmacherhandwerk von seinen Anfängen bis um 1850, edited by Museen der Stadt Regensburg. Studien und Quellen zur Kunstgeschichte Regensburgs, Vol. III. Regensburg, Germany: Mittelbayerische Druckerei- und Verlags-Gesellschaft, 1991.

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