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Pair of Flintlock Pistols

Leonardus Graeff (Aachen (now Germany), active ca. 1670–80)
ca. 1675–85
Southern Netherlandish, Aachen
Steel, gold, silver, ivory
L. of each 19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm); L. of each barrel 12 3/16 in. (30.9 cm); Cal. of each barrel .52 in. (13.2 mm); Wt. of each 2 lb. 3 oz. (992 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1408a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Although Dutch in overall style, these pistols are unusual because they were made in Aachen rather than Maastricht and because the helmets on the pistol butts are separately made in gilt silver rather than carved in ivory.
Signature: Signed on each lock: AQVISGRANI LEONARDUS GRAEFF (Aachen Leonardus Graeff).
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Lindsay, Merrill, Bruce Pendleton, Verne Noll, and Peter Parnall. One Hundred Great Guns: An Illustrated History of Firearms. New York: Walker and Company, 1967.

Visser, Henk L. "Dutch Ivory-Stocked Pistols." Bulletin of the American Society of Arms Collectors 53 (1985).

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