About this artwork
Combination weapons became a fascination in the late 16th century as nobles and wealthy merchants collected curiosities of the natural and man-made world. Though artful in their arrangement, these weapons seem impractical for self-defense. Owners would have displayed them in armories or cabinets of curiosities.
- Rapier Combined with two Wheel-Lock Pistols
- Steel, iron, brass, gold, silver, gilding, and wood
- L. 111.8 cm (44 in.)
- George F. Harding Collection