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Lot 3262: Pair of German Military Wheellock Holster Pistols

Scarce Pair of German Military Wheellock Officer's Holster Pistols

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

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Lot 3262: Pair of German Military Wheellock Holster Pistols

Scarce Pair of German Military Wheellock Officer's Holster Pistols

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Estimated Price: $7,000 - $11,000

A) Wheellock Holster Pistol

Manufacturer: German
Model: Wheellock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 24 bore
Barrel: 15 1/2 inch round bottom/semi-octagonal
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 317
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 175
Class: Antique
Description:

Similar pistols have been identified as German dating from c. 1620-1650. Wheellock pistols were used by the Germanic armies during the Thirty Years' War mainly by the reiters and other forms of cavalry which employed them in various tactical maneuvers. Similar pistols were used extensively in the English Civil War and would have been present in North American settlements and towns. The smoothbore barrels have Suhl marks on the left, an unclear mark on the top of "A" and an "EK" mark on the top of "B." The flat bevelled locks have no visible markings and exposed wheels. The stocks, possibly beech, have the classic "fishtail" shape and iron furniture. The vendor informs us that this pair of pistols were exhibited in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Rating Definition:

Fine with mostly silver gray patina and some faint pitting. The stock is very good and has some mild scratches and dings, thin cracks, and general moderate wear. Lock not test.



B) Wheellock Holster Pistol

Manufacturer: German
Model: Wheellock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 24 bore
Barrel: 15 5/8 inch round bottom/semi-octagonal
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 317
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 175
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Fine with silver-gray patina and some mild pitting. The stock is fair with some fit issues and chipping around the lock mortise, cracks mainly in the forend, and moderate wear. Lock not tested.



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