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Pair of Wheellock Pistols

Pierre Le Bourgeois (French, Lisieux, died 1627)
ca. 1610–20
French, Lisieux
Steel, gold, wood, silver, mother-of-pearl
L. of each pistol 23 5/16 in. (59.2 cm); Cal. of each pistol, .49 in. (12.5 mm); L. of each barrel 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm); Wt. of 19.53.13, 2 lb. 8 oz. (1134 g); Wt. of 19.56.14, 2 lb. 10 oz. (1191 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles M. Schott Jr., 1917
Accession Number:
19.53.13, .14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
These pistols are notable for their combination of restrained use of ornament and great elegance of form. Their maker, Pierre Le Bourgeois, was also responsible for the superb flintlock gun of Louis XIII displayed nearby.
Marking: Marked near the breech: an upright crossbow flanked by the letters P B (Pierre Le Bourgeois of Lisieux).
Hagerstown, Md. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 27–March 31, 1955, no. 107 (19.53.14).

Newark. Newark Museum Association. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 15–September 15, 1955, no. 107 (19.53.14).

Stockel, Johann F., and Tøjhusmuseet. Haandskydevaabens Bedømmelse. Vol. II. Copenhagen: Nordlundes Bogtrykkeri, 1943. WIL gun in Wallace Collection (A 1110) with same mark.

Blair, Claude. Pistols of the World. London: Batsford, 1968.

Morin, Marco. Armi Antiche. 1st ed. Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1982. no. 116, ill.

Joris, Ph. "Un Pistolet a Rouet de Jean Le Bourgeois du Cabinet d'Armes de Louis XIII." Le Musée d'Armes 5, nos. 53–54 (1987).

Reverseau, Jean-Pierre. "Arquebuse de Pierre Le Bourgeois." Revue de la Societé des Amis du Musée de l'Armée 110 (December 1995). p. 69.

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