Description The proportions and balance of this pistol, including the "fishtail" butt curving around the hand, are visually pleasing and also make this 3 lb. 5.3 oz. gun easier to handle. The relative crudeness of the manufacture, including the inlaid decoration taken from a pattern book, indicates that the pistol was made for a cavalryman as opposed to an aristocratic officer. There are two marks stamped on the pistol: the maker's mark, which, although found on other guns, has not been identified; and the control mark on the barrel, indicating that it has been inspected for quality in Nuremberg.
- Touch and the Enjoyment of Sculpture: Exploring the Appeal of Renaissance Statuettes. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance Thewalt; Sale, Cologne, 1903, no. 1697; Henry Griffith Keasbey, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, American Art Association, New York, December 5, 1924, no. 139; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924
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