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Pistol Shield

ca. 1525 and later
Wood, steel, wool
Diam. 18 1/2 in. (47.0 cm); Wt. 10 lb. 9 oz. (4791.1 g); Cal. .55 in. (13.97 mm)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Pratt, Samuel L. Catalogue of the Exhibition of Ancient Arms and Armour, No. 3 Grosvenor Street. London, 1838. p. 12, no. 37.

Viollet-le-Duc, E. Dictionnaire Raisonné du Mobilier Français de L'epoque Carlovingienne a la Renaissance. Vol. 6. Paris: Ve A. Morel & Cie, 1875. p. 250-252.

Bréban, Philibert. Livret-guide du Visiteur à l'Exposition Historique du Trocadéro. Exposition universelle de 1878. Paris: E. Dentu, 1878. p. 70.

L'Art pour tous 22 (1883). no. 545, p. 2280, figs. 4774-4777.

Ffoulkes, Charles J. Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London. Vol. 1. London: His Majesty's Stationary Office, 1916. p. 194-196, nos. 34-43, fig. on p. 195 (for similar shields).

Wilson, R. L. "Gonne-Shields." Muzzle Blasts 22 (1960). pp. 8, 10.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Helmut Nickel, Stuart W. Pyhrr, Leonid Tarassuk, Joseph P. Ascherl, and American Federation of Arts. The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: an Exhibition. New York, N.Y.: American Federation of Arts, 1982. cat. no. 91, p. 138-139.

Karcheski, Walter J. "The sixteenth-century "gonne-shield:" Notes on an example in the Higgins Armory Museum." Man at Arms 8 (1986). pp. 21-24.

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