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Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg
Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg
Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg
Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg
Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg
Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg
Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg Michel Mann, miniature wheellock pistol, Nuremberg

A fine and rare miniature wheel-lock pistol, possibly by Michel Mann, Nuremberg, late 16th century

Length overall: ca. 5,5 cm.
Barrel: 3,4 cm.

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Provenance
I. H. Furmage, 1928.
II. William Randolph Hearst, New York. Bis 1939.
III. Private Collection USA.

Background
Concerning the origin and use of miniature wheel-lock pistols there are several hypotheses under discussion. On the one hand it is supposed these objects were created by gunmaker’s apprentices as trials of skill. According to another assumption miniature pistols served as awards for high ranking officers of cavalry units equipped with firearms. This view is founded on a painting by Dirck Jacobsz, created back in 1557.1) It depicts members of the Amsterdam militia wearing small harquebuses as badges on the upper arm.

However if you consider the great effort, the incredible skill and accuracy of craftsmanship which is necessary in order to create a fully functional wheel-lock pistol en miniature, at least the first hypothesis seems less probable.more

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