20 September 2007
A GERMAN AXE-PISTOL
With two-stage barrel formed with faceted and turned girdle and retaining traces of original blued finish, axe blade off-set to the plane of the socket, the left face flattened and the right struck with a circular saltire mark, plain wooden haft fitted with iron swivel for a lanyard, stepped flat rhomboid-shaped lock engraved with a bold pattern of scrolling flowers, the cock decorated with a monster, button trigger, and no provision for a ramrod.
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A similar weapon was used by the Swedish navy from 1703.
For a survey of comparable German wheel-lock and flintlock axe-pistols see H.W. Lewerken, Kombinations Waffen, 1989.
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