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Wheellock Pistol Made for Maximilian I of Bavaria (1573–1651)

Emanuel Sadeler (German, Munich, active 1594–1610)
ca. 1600–1610
German, Munich
Steel, gold
L. 14 3/16 in. (36.0 cm); L. of barrel 8 9/16 in. (21.7 cm); Cal. .45 in. (11.4 mm); Wt. 2 lb. 12 oz. (1247 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
An all-steel stock is unusual and was probably used to give Sadeler more surface on which to display his talents. The pommel is decorated with the coat of arms of Bavaria under a ducal crown and encircled by the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Duke Maximilian I (1573–1651) became a knight of this prestigious order in 1600.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Guérinet, Armand. Le Château Historique de Dampierre: Reproductions en Phototypie; Intérieurs des Appartements de Réception, Détails de Sculpture Ornementale, Mobilier Historique, Peintures, Statues, Cheminées, Bronzes d'Art, etc., etc.. Paris: Armand Guérinet, 1905. pl. 9 (Collection of the Duc de Luynes).

Grancsay, Stephen V. "A Sculptured Pistol by Daniel Sadeler." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27 (January 1932). pp. 16–18, ill.

Blair, Claude. Pistols of the World. London: Batsford, 1968. p. 89 and pl. 33 (this pistol).

Hubert Glaser. Um Glauben un Reich: Kurfürst Maximilian I, edited by Hubert Glaser. Vol. 1. Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 1980. pp. 196–197, cat. no 287.

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