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Combination Sword and Wheel-Lock Pistol
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Combination Sword and Wheel-Lock Pistol

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Description This is a rare example of a type of combination weapon coveted by princes fascinated with innovative mechanical technology combined with fine detailing etched in the steel. A similar one was made for Elector Christian I of Saxony by Bernhard Albrecht, about 1590. Emperor Rudolf II also acquired one about the same time.
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
Provenance Richard Zschille, Grossenhain, Saxony (?); Sale, London, January 25, 1897, no. 114 (?); Samuel H. Austin, Philadelphia [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Sale, New York, February 24, 1917, no. 603 (?); Harding [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1917 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1915

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1580-1590 (Renaissance)
partially gilded steel
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
45 1/4 in. (114.9 cm)


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