Aug 30, 2005
Aug 30, 2005
Aug 30, 2005
Aug 30, 2005
Aug 30, 2005

Wheel-Lock Carbine from the Bodyguard of Wolf Dietrich von Reitenau, Archbishop of Salzburg (ruled 1587-1612)

Wheel-Lock Carbine from the Bodyguard of Wolf Dietrich von Reitenau, Archbishop of Salzburg (ruled 1587-1612)

c. 1590–1600

Steel, wood (walnut) inlaid with staghorn

On Loan from the Collection of Justin Kohn and Family 55.2000

Did you know?

Raitenau had a fierce dispute with his neighbor Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria; he was eventually captured and imprisoned for life.

Description

At the beginning of the 1500s the handfire weapon began to change the face of European warfare. a new type of ignition system was invented: the wheel-lock, the first self-igniting mechanism for guns. This new technology was particularly attractive to rich nobleman who commissioned such guns for hunting. Gunmakers lavished all form of embellishment on these firearms: chiseling, engraving, and gilding of the metal parts as well as the use of rare woods for the stock and inlays of horn, bone, and ivory.

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