One of the earliest pistols, this firearm was designed and produced by Peter Peck, a maker of watches and guns. The two locks combined in one mechanism provided the barrels with separate ignition. Made for Emperor Charles V (reigned 1519–56), the pistol is decorated with his dynastic and personal emblems: the double-headed eagle and the pillars of Hercules with the Latin motto PLUS ULTRA (More beyond).
#4411. Double-Barreled Wheellock Pistol Made for Emperor Charles V
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Wheellock pistol, overall view, lock side
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Title:Double-Barreled Wheellock Pistol Made for Emperor Charles V (reigned 1519–56)
Gunsmith:Peter Peck (German, Munich, 1503–1596)
Etcher:Ambrosius Gemlich (German, Munich and Landshut, active ca. 1520–50)
Medium:Steel, gold, wood (cherry), staghorn
Dimensions:L. 19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm); L. of upper barrel 10 in. (25.4 cm); L. of lower barrel 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); Cal. of each barrel .46 in. (11.7 mm); Wt. 5 lb. 10 oz. (2550 g)
Credit Line:Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Inscription: Inscribed: PLVS VLTRA (More beyond).
Marking: Stamped on the breechblock and adjacent area of the barrel: the double P mark of Peter Peck.
Hollingworth Magniac, Colworth, Bedford, England (until 1892; Hollingworth Magniac, Esq. (Known as the Colworth Collection) sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, July 2–11, 1892, no. 916 for 200 gns. to Duveen for Riggs); [Duveen Brothers, London, July 11–13, 1892; sold to Riggs]; William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
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