Object Title

Wheellock double-barrelled pistol

Wheellock double-barrelled pistol

Date

1620

Object Number

XII.718

Provenance

From the Bernal Collection, acquired 1855 at Christie's sale of the Bond Collection. lot 2347

Physical Description

An over-under pistol with double lock mechanism mounted on a common lockplate. The locks have external wheels and pivoted safety catches, although one is now missing. The dog heads are engraved with foliage and the top jaws have cocking levers. The steel stock has a short cheek-butt that has a hinged lid. The butt cheekpiece is brass faced and the steel triggerguard is indented. The barrels are octagonal and have a twisted steel rope decoration along each side

Dimensions

Lower BarrelLength305mm
Upper BarrelLength356mm
OverallLength590mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.420 in (63 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

NVM

Bibliographic References

Graeme Rimer, Wheellock Firearms of the Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 2001. p.27, colour ill.