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Pair of Cased Pistols

ca. 1867 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

These centre-fire pistols were probably made for the Paris 1867 Exhibition. The bullet mould is filled with copper plugs and can therefore never have been used. Springer was one of the most important Viennese gunmakers of the nineteenth century. He was appointed Purveyor of Guns to the Imperial Court in 1853.


Object details
Category
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 16 parts.

  • Pistol
  • Pistol
  • Ram Rod
  • Bullet Mould
  • Mould
  • Screwdriver
  • Spanner
  • Patch Cutters
  • Oil Bottle
  • Box
  • Key
  • Lid
  • Lid
  • Lid
  • Key
  • Liner
Materials and techniques
Carved ebony stock mounted with cast steel furniture; walnut case with silk and velvet lining
Physical description
Pair of percussion lock centre-fire pistols with ramrod, bullet moulds, oil bottle and accessories, housed in a walnut presentation case with red silk and velvet lining.
Gallery label
  • Pair of Pistols in a Case with Accessories 1867 These centre-fire pistols are elaborately decorated in Renaissance style and were probably made as exhibition pieces. Certainly, they have never been fired, as shown by the fact that the bullet mould is filled with copper plugs. Springer was one of the most important Viennese gunmakers of the 19th century. He was appointed Purveyor of Guns to the Imperial Court in 1853. Austria, Vienna; designed and made by Johan Springer Carved ebony stocks, mounted with cast steel furniture(05/04/2017)
  • PAIR OF PISTOLS IN A CASE WITH ACCESSORIES Maker: Johann Springer (1819-1875) Vienna, about 1867 Carved ebony stocks mounted with cast steel furniture M.4-j,-1940 Given by Major E.R. Rivers These centre-fire pistols were probably made for the Paris 1867 Exhibition. The bullet mould is filled with copper plugs and can therefore never have been used. Springer was one of the most important Viennese gunmakers of the nineteenth century. He was appointed Purveyor of Guns to the Imperial Court in 1853.(1987-2006)
Credit line
Gift of Maj. E. R. Rivers
Object history
Probably made for the Paris Exhibition of 1867
Summary
These centre-fire pistols were probably made for the Paris 1867 Exhibition. The bullet mould is filled with copper plugs and can therefore never have been used. Springer was one of the most important Viennese gunmakers of the nineteenth century. He was appointed Purveyor of Guns to the Imperial Court in 1853.
Collection
Accession number
M.4 to O-1940

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Record createdApril 20, 2004
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