A Wheel-lock Belt Pistol by Peter Danner, c. 1583

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Item ref: 2467

  • Southern Germany. Nuremberg
  • Steel, gold, leather
  • 35.5 cm / 14 in


Almost certainly from a group of Nuremberg steel pistols ordered for the use of the palace guard of the Venetian Council of Ten

This pistol was likely included in an historic dispersal from the ducal armoury, as evidenced by two pairs near-identical to this pistol in museum collections                                                                                                    
The Lord Astor of Hever, Sotheby’s, The Hever Castle Collection, Arms and Armour, 5th May 1983, lot 70

Closely comparable examples to this pistol, which bear the same sets of makers’ marks, are today preserved in the Palazzo Ducale in Venice.

Two pairs near-identical to the present pistol are also preserved in the royal armoury in Turin (Nos. 47/48) and the other pair (Nos. 129 and 6439) in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.