Made by Peter Peck / Double-Barreled Wheellock Pistol of Emperor Charles V / ca. 1540-45Made by Peter Peck
Double-Barreled Wheellock Pistol of Emperor Charles V
ca. 1540-45

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Creator Name: Peck, Peter
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 1500/10-1596
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Peter Peck
Title: Double-Barreled Wheellock Pistol of Emperor Charles V
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1540
Creation End Date: 1545
Creation Date: ca. 1540-45
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: Steel, etched and gilded; wood, inlaid with engraved staghorn
Dimensions: L. 19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 14.25.1425
Credit Line: Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913

This early multishot wheellock pistol is the work of Peter Peck, a maker of watches and guns. Two locks are combined in one mechanism, providing the barrels with separate ignition. Made for Emperor Charles V (r. 1519-56), the pistol is decorated with his dynastic and personal emblems: the double-headed imperial eagle and the pillars of Hercules with the Latin motto "Plus ultra" (More beyond).

AMICA ID: MMA_.14.25.1425
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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