Snaphaunce Pistol Made for Wilhelm, Duke of Kurland


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375

The earliest recorded Scottish pistols, like this example, have stocks made of wood rather than steel. This pistol, one of a pair, was given by the duke of Kurland to Johann Georg I, elector of Saxony, in 1616. Its mate remains in the Historisches Museum, Dresden. It is believed that the pistols were originally a royal gift to Duke Wilhelm from James I, king of England and Scotland, in 1615.

Snaphaunce Pistol Made for Wilhelm, Duke of Kurland, Steel, gold, silver, wood (brazilwood), Scottish

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