Pair of Wheel-lock Petronels

c. 1630
Location: 210B Firearms
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These luxury objects were used by wealthy men as sporting weapons.


A petronel was a type of long pistol made with a wheel-lock ignition. Despite its length, the petronel was fired at the wrist like a pistol and not at the shoulder like a rifle. They were generally made in pairs during the early 1600s. Civilian versions were elaborately decorated for aristocratic clients.
Pair of Wheel-lock Petronels

Pair of Wheel-lock Petronels

c. 1630

Georg Kurland

Silesia (Southwestern Poland), Teschen, 17th century

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