This is a classic example of a finely made and well decorated wheellock pistol from Nuremberg made in the late sixteenth century.
Marking: Stamped on the lock: the mark of Nuremberg, and a shield enclosing a rampant lion surmounted by the initials ME;
On the barrel, at the breech: the Nuremberg guild mark, and a snake between the initials PD (Peter Danner).
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
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Artist: Ambrosius Gemlich (German, Munich and Landshut, active ca. 1520–50) Date: blade ca. 1528–29, etched with a calendar for the years 1529–34; barrel dated 1540 or 1546Medium: Steel, gold, staghorn, bronzeAccession: 04.3.158On view in:Gallery 375