About this artwork
Petronels were shot from the chest (their name comes from the French word for chest, poitrine). These crook-butted long guns were a popular stock design for a few decades at the end of the 16th century. They were soon supplanted by more practical shoulder stocks as the recoil resulted in chronic chest injuries.
- Matchlock Petronel
- France (Object made in)
- Made 1560–1590
- Steel, iron, fruitwood, staghorn, and horn
- L. 122 cm (48 1/2 in.) Barrel L. 101.6 cm (40 in.) Wt. 7 lb. 12 oz. Caliber .60
- George F. Harding Collection