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AN EXCELLENT/MUSEUM-GRADE EARLY 17th CENTURY/30-YEARS WAR PERIOD GERMAN/DUTCH MILITARY WHEELOCK PISTOL, ca. 1630: In overall excellent+/museum grade condition with choice “bright” steel surfaces and a finely molded & carved, highly figured fruitwood (walnut) fullstock. Of very large size with a round, pin-fastened, 18 1/4", iron, smoothbore, .52 caliber barrel with smooth steel surfaces, very sharp contours, an outline of a Dagger form maker's marks, on the left side of its breech and a fine touch-hole. German/Dutch form military lock with an exposed wheel, automatic pan-cover and a faceted and streamlined profile. A nicely sculpted dog and bottom-mounted wheel-bridle: the lock with choice, smooth, steel surfaces, 95%+ “bright” finish and only the lightest scattered patches of discoloration. Highly figured, original, Burl European Walnut fullstock of classic 17th Century Military Wheelock Pistol design. A “Dag”-type, flat, Fish-tail butt with sharply molded and carved contours, 95%+ finish and the forestock with delicately fluted and carved details. Of light and graceful Officer’s form and of better quality than the standard Holster Pistol. Martial-type iron furniture of 17th Century design: an angular screw-fastened trigger-guard and its original spring-back trigger, a finely banded iron butt-cap with embossed ribbon accents. A single baluster-turned ramrod pipe and an iron muzzle-band. Retains its three (3), original, iron sidebolts with matching bright steel surfaces. Original wooden ramrod with its correct iron tip. In overall excellent+/museum grade condition with little signs of use or wear and retains nearly all of its finish. Of very large size, measuring 26" overall. A scarce & impressive 17th-Century German/Dutch martial Wheelock Pistol from the Early Colonial/30 Years War Period, ca. 1630. For similar examples, please see A. Hoff's: "Dutch Firearms" & M. L. Brown’s: “Firearms in Colonial America…”.