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Flintlock Pistol

Date:
ca. 1650
Geography:
possibly Liege
Culture:
possibly Belgian, Liege
Medium:
Steel, iron, wood (walnut)
Dimensions:
L. 24 3/4 in. (62.7 cm); L. of barrel 17 1/16 in. (43.3 cm)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Flintlock
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.360a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
This pistol is one of a small group of flintlock guns and holster pistols with high relief chiseling on the barrels, locks, and mounts. The decoration includes military scenes with figures in seventeenth-century costume, trophies of arms, and Classical figures. Not signed or marked, these firearms are thought to have been made in eastern France of The Netherlands, perhaps in Liege (in modern Belgium). This pistol, one of a pair, belonged to the famous Swedish general Carl Gustaf, Count Wrangel, who acquired several firearms of this type in Liege in 1651. Wrangel's armory, largely intact, is preserved in Skokloster Castle, Sweden.
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