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Wheel-lock Petronel

Wheel-lock Petronel

c. 1630

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Georg Kurland

(Polish)

gunmaker

Steel, gilding, and wood inlaid with elk horn, ivory, and mother-of-pearl

Overall: 13 x 73 x 6 cm (5 1/8 x 28 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2012.97.2

Description

A petronel was a type of long pistol made with a wheel-lock ignition. Despite its length, the petronel was fired at the wrist like a pistol and not at the shoulder like a rifle. They were generally made in pairs during the early 1600s. Civilian versions were elaborately decorated for aristocratic clients.

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