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A VERY FINE+/MUSEUM-GRADE 17th CENTURY THIRTY YEARS WAR PERIOD GERMAN (SUHL) ARSENAL-MADE WHEELOCK OFFICER'S LONG HOLSTER PISTOL, ca. 1620: In very fine+/near excellent condition with an octagonal, pin-fastened, 16", iron, smoothbore, .59 caliber barrel with two (2) Suhl Arsenal (1618) Control-marks, on the left side of the breech (Please see E. Heer’s: “Der Neue Stockel”, vol. 3, pg. 1706-1707). Dutch-type military lock with exposed wheel and delicate graceful lines. An exposed wheel with bottom-mounted bridle, its matching dog/hammer with its original spring. Finely molded and carved, light colored Fruitwood (Pearwood?) fullstock of delicate proportion with a “Fish-tail” butt, fitted with its iron-cap. Retains approx. 95% finish with only some light scattered handling marks and tight hairline-repairs, on the right side of the fore-end-tip. Martial type iron furniture of typical 17th Century “German” form: a screw-fastened trigger-guard with a sculpted bow, a spring-type trigger, a pin-fastened butt-cap and a single sheet-iron ramrod pipe with its matching fore-end-band. Original, iron-tip, wooden ramrod, en suite. In overall very fine+/near excellent condition. The stock retains most of its finish and exhibits only scattered light handling marks and the light signs of use. Choice steel/iron surfaces with sharp contours, clear markings, 95%+ polish and only some light scattered discoloration. The hardware with “bright”, untouched, smooth surfaces, en suite. Very fine+ lock/mechanism with sharp contours, nicely sculpted components and very light signs of use. Of large size, measuring 24" overall; and a rare German martial-type Arsenal-made Wheelock Officer's Pistol from the 30 Years War Period. An impressive and very well-preserved Wheelock Officer’s Long Holster Pistol, ca. 1620. For similar examples, please see Arne Hoff’s: “Dutch Firearms”, Claude Blair’s “Pistols of the World” & M. L. Brown’s: “Firearms in Colonial America”.