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Matchlock Petronel

A work made of steel, iron, fruitwood, staghorn, and horn.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, iron, fruitwood, staghorn, and horn.





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.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe


Matchlock Petronel


France (Object made in)

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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

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George F. Harding Collection

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