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Wheellock Mechanism for a Pistol

Date:
ca. 1620
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze, steel, gold
Dimensions:
L. 6 1/2 in. (16 cm)
Classification:
Firearms Parts
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Russell B. Aitken, by exchange, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.37
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
This lock is all that remains of what must have been a magnificent French wheellock pistol. The lock is noteworhty for its predominant use of gilt bronze and for its Renaissance-inspired ornament, including a sculptural female figure that forms the arm of the cock.
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