Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Wheellock Pistol

Gunsmith:
Peter Danner (German, Nuremberg, ca. 1580–1602)
Date:
ca. 1580
Geography:
Nuremberg
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Steel, bronze, gold, wood (walnut), staghorn
Dimensions:
L. 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm); L. of barrel 12 in. (30.5 cm); Cal. .528 in. (13.4 mm); L. of lock 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); L. of plug 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 14 oz. (1758 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Wheellock
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1419
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
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).
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953, no. 127.

San Francisco. Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18, 1953–June 7, 1953, no. 127.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October, 1953–April, 1954, no. 127.

Magniac, Hollingworth. Catalogue of the Renowned Collection of Works of Art, Cheifly Formed by the Late Hollingworth Magniac, Esq (Known as the Colworth Collection). London: William Clowes, July 2–15, 1892. p. 192, no. 894.

Stockel, Johann F. Haandskydevaabens Bedømmelse. Vol. II. Copenhagen: Tøjhusmuseet, 1943. p. 726, no. 3901.

Lindsay, Merrill, Bruce Pendleton, Verne Noll, and Peter Parnall. One Hundred Great Guns: An Illustrated History of Firearms. New York: Walker and Company, 1967. p. 53.

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