Item ref: 1699
Each trigger-guard shows the inventory number N.5 R 20, from the collection of the Landgraviate (Dukes) of Hesse-Darmstadt
The Collection of Duke of Württemberg
Inherited by the Prince of Wied
Dietmar Langer Collection
Each pistol's gilt-bronze barrel is chiselled at the breech with acanthus leaf decoration amidst scrolling foliage and struck with the maker’s marks.
These pistols are thought to come from the hunting lodge, Jagdschloss Kranichstein, now in the suburbs of Darmstadt, at its height during the reigns of the Landgraves Ernst Ludwig (1667-1739, reigned 1678-39) and is son Ludwig VIII (1691-1768, reigned 1739-1768). Both were passionate hunters and their activities in connection with this passion brought Hesse-Darmstadt to the edge of financial ruin.