Oct 2, 2012

Pair of Wheel-lock Petronels

Pair of Wheel-lock Petronels

c. 1630

Part of a set. See all set records


Georg Kurland


Steel, gilding, and wood inlaid with elk horn, ivory, and mother-of-pearl

Overall: 70.5 cm (27 3/4 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2012.97


Did you know?

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.

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