Oct 1, 2012
Oct 1, 2012

Wheel-lock Petronel

Wheel-lock Petronel

c. 1630

Part of a set. See all set records


Georg Kurland


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.)

Weight: 1.34 kg (2.95 lbs.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2012.97.1



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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