Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Wheellock Carbine

ca. 1610–15
Steel, wood (beech), brass, gold, pigment, staghorn
L. 38 3/8 in. (97.5 cm); Cal. .50 in. (12.7 mm); L. of barrel 24 7/16 in. (62.1 cm); L. of lockplate 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm); L. of plug 2 1/2 in. (63.5 mm); Diam. near muzzle 13/16 in. (20.6 mm); Diam. near breech 1 in. (25.4 mm); Wt. 4 lb. 15 oz. (2240 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Painted decoration on gunstocks was not a common form of firearms decoration. Very few examples survive today, and this is possibly the finest. The size of this gun suggests it may have been made for Louis XIII when he was a young boy. It is from the French Royal Arms Collection, inventory number 52.
Inscription: Chiseled on top of the barrel near the breech: N° 52.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Guiffrey, Jules. Inventaire Général du Mobilier de la Couronne sous Louis XIV (1663-1715). Vol. II. Paris: Société de Propagation des Livres d'Art, 1886. p. 48, no. 52.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Master French Gunsmiths' Designs of the XVII–XIX Centuries. New York: Winchester Press, 1970.

Huth, Hans. Lacquer of the West : The History of A Craft and An Industry: 1550-1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971. p. 15, pl. 52, ill.

Tarassuk, Leonid. "The Cabinet d'Armes of Louis XIII: Some Firearms and Related Problems." Metropolitan Museum Journal 21 pp. 75–77, figs. 11–16.

Reverseau, Jean-Pierre. Armes et Armures de la Couronne au Musée de l'Armée. Dijon: Éditions Faton, 2004. p. 293, ill.

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