A scarce Bavarian wheellock pistol of diminutive form
probably Georg Gsell, Arzberg, third quarter 17th century
The 6 1/4 inch octagonal barrel in .43 caliber smoothbore. Unsigned steel lock, the sliding pan cover with button release. Lock screws with bone escutcheons. Full fruitwood stock with intaglio-carved decorations, a fleur-de-lys opposite the lock and leafy scrollwork at the barrel tang, both on a beaded ground and highlighted with brass studs. Flared pommel with walnut cap relief-carved with a blossom, also set with brass studs.
Condition: Very good. Metal lightly cleaned. Wood showing minor marks and a few worm holes.