Object Title

Snaphaunce muzzle-loading pistol - N/A

Snaphaunce muzzle-loading pistol - N/A

Date

1600

Object Number

XII.1823

Provenance

Purchased at auction from Christies, London. Lot 119, 27th October 1971.

Physical Description

The barrel fluted at the breech and with a bulbous spirally fluted muzzle. In rusted condition but retaining traces of gold damascening.The lock with seperate steel, circular fence and horizontal sear. The plate bears traces of the same gold damascened pattern as the barrel.Full walnut (?) stock profusely inlaid with borders of horn ropework enclosing horn tendrils and circular plates enriched with numerous leaves and flower heads of engraved mother-of-pearl. The lemon-shaped and spirally fluted pommel similarly decorated. Part of the bone rammer pipe replaced with a brass tube. The rammer missing. Button trigger (without guard). Barrel tang flanked on each side by a mother-of-pearl plaque engraved with a bearded profile head. Long belt hook (end of prong damaged). A safety catch, now missing, operated through a slot in its tang.

Techniques

Handmade

Dimensions

OverallLength11.25 in.
OverallLength286 mm
OverallWeight0.53 kg
OverallWeight1.3 lb oz
BarrelLength6.2 in.
BarrelLength159 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible

Calibre

.45 in (51 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

N/A
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Associations

Bibliographic References

English Pistols, [London], 1985, ill.(colour) p.33, ill. p.8.

Notes

C.f.This pistol is very similar to a small pair in the 'Kremlin Armoury, Moscow (Nos.8243-4)', which probably formed part of a gift from James I to Tsar Boris Godunov in about 1604.