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Flintlock Pistol

Flintlock Pistol

c. 1670

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Chiseled steel and walnut stock

Overall: 45.1 cm (17 3/4 in.); Barrel: 27.6 cm (10 7/8 in.); Bore: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.52.2

Description

The chiseling of gun ornament is a task comparable to sculpture on a miniature scale, carried out in an extremely hard material. Since this was usually beyond the skill of most gunsmiths, it was not uncommon for such work to be contracted out as occured here.

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