- ca. 1600–1610
- Steel, wood (maple), mother-of-pearl, brass, gold
- L. 32 1/8 in. (81.6 cm); L. of barrel 24 1/2 in. (62.2 cm); Cal. .35 in. (8.9 mm); L. of screw plug 6 in. (15.2 cm); Diam. at muzzle 7/16 in. (1.1 cm); Diam. at breech 13/16 in. (2.1 cm); L. of lock 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 3 oz. (1446 g)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
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French wheellock pistols of the early seventeenth century are distinguished by their extreme length, small-caliber barrels, and delicate decoration of engraved mother-of-pearl, staghorn, and brass. Innovations in the wheellock mechanism, such as the placement of the mainspring within a recess in the grip rather than on the interior of the lockplate (as was usual on German wheellocks), allowed the stocks of the French pistols to be lighter, more slender, and more gracefully proportioned.