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Pair of Flintlock Holster Pistols

A work made of steel, brass, gilding, walnut, and horn.
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  • A work made of steel, brass, gilding, walnut, and horn.

Date:

c. 1700/25

Artist:

Austrian, Vienna

About this artwork

Though the form of these pistols differs little than that of firearms used for self-defense, the decoration over the lock-plate spring suggests that they were intended for deer hunting. From the late 16th century on, members of the nobility often hunted deer with pistols while giving chase on horseback with a pack of hounds. To successfully aim and fire the pistol while riding within a few yards of the game required much training and skill.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Pair of Flintlock Holster Pistols

Place

Vienna (Object made in)

Date

Made 1700–1725

Medium

steel, brass, gilding, walnut, and horn

Dimensions

L. 53.3 cm (21 in.) Barrel L.35.3 cm (13 7/8 in.) Wt. 2 lb. 14 oz. Caliber .58

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2315a-b

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