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Pair of Flintlock Holster Pistols

A work made of steel, brass, gilding, walnut, and horn.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


c. 1700/25


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.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe


Pair of Flintlock Holster Pistols


Vienna (Object made in)


Made 1700–1725


steel, brass, gilding, walnut, and horn


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

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George F. Harding Collection

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