Extremely Fine, High Art, Ivory and Pearl Inlaid, Silesian Wheellock “Horseman’s” Pistol, ca. 1650 - Price

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Extremely Fine, High Art, Ivory and Pearl Inlaid, Silesian Wheellock “Horseman’s” Pistol, ca. 1650. Long and wonderfully slender with an overall length of 24 ½”. The .50 caliber, 3-stage, tapered barrel is 16 3/8” long and has been re-blued. Superb, mechanically perfect, peerless quality lock with sliding pan cover that opens automatically when the trigger is pulled allowing the pyrites to come in contact with the spinning wheel and powder in the pan making for instantaneous ignition … much faster ignition than even the finest flintlocks of a later era. The pan cover has an internal pin and spring that latches it in the open position ready for the next powder charge. When the pan is primed with powder for the next shot, a button on the lock plate just forward of the pan and wheel can be depressed which releases the spring-loaded pan to close tight.   Other than a few very minor cracks, a wood inlay along the back of the grip, and a replacement ramrod, this magnificent pistol remains in fine original condition throughout. Beautiful example!