Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Combined Wheellock/Matchlock Gun

Gunsmith:
Attributed to Stephan Klett (German, Suhl, recorded 1578–1612)
Date:
ca. 1580
Geography:
Suhl
Culture:
German, Suhl
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver, staghorn, wood
Dimensions:
L. 51 3/16 in. (130 cm); Cal. .57 in. (14.5 mm); L. of barrel 39 1/4 in. (99.7 cm); L. of lockplate 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); Wt. 11 lb. 8 oz. (5216 g)

Classification:
Firearms-Guns
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.182
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The stock is decorated with mythological figures and personifications of the zodiacal planets based on the engravings of Virgil Solis (1514–1562) of Nuremberg.
Ex. coll.: Debruge-Duménil; Earl of Londesborough; Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.
London. Victoria and Albert Museum. "Special exhibition of works of art of the medieval, Renaissance, and more recent periods," 1862.

South Kensington Museum. "Special Exhibition of Works of Art of the Medieval, Renaissance and More Recent Periods," June, 1862.

Debruge-Duménil. Catalogue des objets d'art qui composent la collection Debruge-Duménil. Paris: Imprimerie de E. Duverger, January–March, 1850. p. 154, no. 1419.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. p. 96, no. J. 2, pl. 19.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, Vol. 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. p. 171, 175, fig. 89A.

Dean, Bashford. Handbook of Arms and Armor: European and Oriental, Including the William H. Riggs Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Gilliss Press, January 1915. pp. 86–87, pl. L.

Dean, Bashford, and Robert T. Nichol. Handbook of Arms and Armor, European and Oriental, edited by Stephen V. Grancsay. 4th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 1930. pp. 169–170, fig. 112.

O'Dell-Franke, Ilse. Kupferstiche und Radierungen aus der Werkstatt des Virgil Solis. Wiesbaden, Germany: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1977.

Christie's, London. Collection of Armour and Arms, Carvings in Ivory. London: Christie's, London, July 4–6 and July 9–11, 1888. p. 34, no. 381.

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