Western Europe, Germany, ca. 16th to 17th century CE. A beautiful wheellock pistol inlaid with bone from a bovine or ungulate, that form stylized foliage and floral motifs that contrast nicely against the dark wood. The end is capped with a spherical pommel with a gently curved stock, and a long barrel. The brass trigger guard is lengthy and terminates in a scroll on one end. A narrow cavity underneath the barrel holds a wooden and bone-capped ram rod. The top of the iron barrel is engraved with crescent and star shapes. The rounded pommel likely made this gun easier to retrieve from the holster and also helped with balance. Size: 21.375" L x 0.5" W (54.3 cm x 1.3 cm); 0.625 caliber
Provenance: ex-estate of Eldert Bontekoe, Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, acquired before 2000
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Two abrasions and losses to wood and bone on barrel. The stock has an old repair and several fissures radiating around the stock and radiating to the pommel. The pommel is slightly loose. The butt has an abrasion and a circular loss to the surface. Trigger is loose and this gun has not been tested for firing functionality. The sideplate is not flush with the barrel. Minor abrasions, scratches, and chips to the surfaces. Nice patina on brass and iron areas. Beautiful inlay pattern!