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Hunting Knife Combined with Wheellock Pistol

Ambrosius Gemlich (German, Munich and Landshut, active ca. 1520–50)
blade ca. 1528–29, etched with a calendar for the years 1529–34; barrel dated 1540 or 1546
German, Munich
Steel, gold, staghorn, bronze
L. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm); L. of barrel 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm); L. of blade 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm); Cal. .28 in. (7.1 mm)
Combination Weapons
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
In the sixteenth century, wheellock pistols sometimes were combined with swords, knives, axes, maces, spears, and even crossbows, which could be used in the event the pistol misfired. Usually clumsy and impractical, combined weapons were nevertheless highly prized curiosities. On this example, the heavy, cleaverlike blade is etched with a calendar and the decorator's name.
Inscription: Inscribed: Ambrosi Gemlich Mitbvrger zvo Minichenn had disse Kollender gemach.
Ex. coll.: Louis Carrand; Costantino Ressman; Duc de Dino, Paris (G.46).
Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. Cat. no. 86.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Daggers: Including the Ellis, De Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections / by Bashford Dean. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929.

Seiler, Harald. "Eine Kalenderklinge des Ambrosius Gemlich." Westfalen 24, heft 2 (1939). p. 96, ill.

Seiler, Harald. "Klingenatzungen des Ambrosius Gemlich." Zeitschrift für historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde 16, no 7 (1940-1942). pp. 11–19.

Grabowska, Irena. "Trzy okazy Renesansowej broni mysliwsiej z dekoracja trawiona (Three Specimens of Hunting Weapons with Etched Decoration)." In Stud. Dziejów dawn. Uzbrojenia. Vol. 4. Cracow: Muzeum Narodowe W Krakowie, 1969. pp. 25–49, English summary pp. 50–53.

Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 194, ill.

Lewerken, H.W. Kombinationswaffen des 15.–19. Jahrhunderts. Berlin: Militarverlag der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, 1989. p. 224, cat. no. 39.

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