Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Wheellock Pistol

Gunsmith:
Peter Danner (German, Nuremberg, ca. 1580–1602)
Date:
ca. 1580
Geography:
Nuremberg
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Steel, bronze, gold, wood (walnut), staghorn
Dimensions:
L. 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm); L. of barrel 12 in. (30.5 cm); Cal. .528 in. (13.4 mm); L. of lock 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); L. of plug 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 14 oz. (1758 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Wheellock
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1419
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
This is a classic example of a finely made and well decorated wheellock pistol from Nuremberg made in the late sixteenth century.
Marking: Stamped on the lock: the mark of Nuremberg, and a shield enclosing a rampant lion surmounted by the initials ME;

On the barrel, at the breech: the Nuremberg guild mark, and a snake between the initials PD (Peter Danner).
Magniac, Hollingworth. Catalogue of the Renowned Collection of Works of Art, Cheifly Formed by the Late Hollingworth Magniac, Esq (Known as the Colworth Collection). London: William Clowes, July 2–15, 1892. p. 192, no. 894.

Stockel, Johann F., and Tøjhusmuseet. Haandskydevaabens Bedømmelse. Vol. II. Copenhagen: Nordlundes Bogtrykkeri, 1943. p. 726, no. 3901.

Lindsay, Merrill, Bruce Pendleton, Verne Noll, and Peter Parnall. One Hundred Great Guns: An Illustrated History of Firearms. New York: Walker and Company, 1967. p. 53.



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