Combination Sword and Wheel-lock Pistol
- Dated: 1580-1590
- Culture: Augsburg, Germany
- Medium: partially gilded steel
- Measurements: 45 1/4 in. (114.9 cm)
This is a rare example of a type of combination weapon coveted by princes fascinated with innovative mechanical technology combined with fine detailing etched in the steel. A similar one was made for Elector Christian I of Saxony by Bernhard Albrecht, about 1590. Emperor Rudolf II also acquired one about the same time.
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