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Steel, gilding, and wood inlaid with elk horn, ivory, and mother-of-pearl
Overall: 70.5 cm (27 3/4 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 2012.97
These luxury objects were used by wealthy men as sporting weapons.
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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