Flandern. Wood, bronze, gold and steel.
From the Collection of Duke of Württemberg
Inherited by the Prince of Wied
Dietmar Langer Collection
These pistols are believed to come from the hunting lodge, Jagdschloss Kranichstein, now in the suburbs of Darmstadt which was 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 bought Hesse-Darmstadt to the edge of financial ruin.
Each with heavy gilt-bronze barrel chiselled at the breech with acanthus leaf decoration amidst scrolling foliage and struck with the maker’s marks, with flattened central rib, tear- shaped front-sight and with wide swept barrel tangs. Each flat gilt-bronze lock-plate engraved with scrolling foliate decoration within a dot border, with engraved flat cock and wide frizzen. With carved figured walnut full-stock fitted with gilt-bronze mounts decorated with scrolling strap-work enclosing classical heads and grotesque masks. Each trigger-guard with the inventory number N.5 R 20. This inventory number refers to the collection of the Dukes of Hesse-Darmstadt.
Size: Length 53 cm / 20.9 in