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Double-Barreled Wheellock Pistol Made for Emperor Charles V (reigned 1519–56)

Peter Peck (German, Munich, 1503–1596)
Ambrosius Gemlich (German, Munich and Landshut, active ca. 1520–50)
ca. 1540–45
German, Munich
Steel, gold, wood (cherry), staghorn
L. 19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm); L. of upper barrel 10 in. (25.4 cm); L. of lower barrel 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); Cal. of each barrel .46 in. (11.7 mm); Wt. 5 lb. 10 oz. (2550 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
One of the earliest pistols, this firearm was designed and produced by Peter Peck, a maker of watches and guns. The two locks combined in one mechanism provided the barrels with separate ignition. Made for Emperor Charles V (reigned 1519–56), the pistol is decorated with his dynastic and personal emblems: the double-headed eagle and the pillars of Hercules with the Latin motto PLUS ULTRA (More beyond).
#4411. Double-Barreled Wheellock Pistol Made for Emperor Charles V
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Inscription: Inscribed: PLVS VLTRA (More beyond).

Marking: Stamped on the breechblock and adjacent area of the barrel: the double P mark of Peter Peck.
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