A FINE PAIR OF 20 BORE NORTH GERMAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS FORMED ENTIRELY OF STEEL, CIRCA 1680-90, PERHAPS BY A MEMBER OF THE CLOETER FAMILY OF MANHEIM AND GREVENBROICH
with two-stage barrels engraved with a band around the muzzles, formed with octagonal breeches, struck with three marks beneath including the letters 'HKM' (Neue Stųckel 2969), the top of the breeches inlaid with brass panels engraved with scrollwork, fitted with external actions on the left side (one mainspring missing), off-set trigger's, cocks and screw-in pans and steels on the right, swelling butts fitted with domed caps cut with elaborately cusped borders, engraved with a pair of foliate scrolls in place of an escutcheon, trigger-guards with moulded forward bar, two small ramrod-pipes, and one retaining its ramrod
47.0 cm; 18 ½ in overall
This pair of pistols is related to the well-known group of firearms stocked entirely in steel, many of which are signed Cloeter. Other examples are preserved in the Tųjhusmuseet Copenhagen, the Royal Armoury Stockholm and another pair, formerly in the Hanoverian Royal Collections, was sold Sotheby's 5 - 15 October 2005, lot 759. For a discussion of this group see Hayward 1962, pp.187-188. The mark on the present pistols is also found on other firearms stocked in this manner with Suhl marks, as recorded in Stųckel.
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