">
Online Counter Lock, Stock, and History, The Ivory Stocked Pistols of Maastrict, 1650 -...
Lock, Stock, and History

The Ivory Stocked Pistols of Maastrict, 1650 - 1700.

Between 1650 and 1700 the Netherlands was the trade capitol of the world.  The combination of exotic goods from other lands and a large number of skilled artists and craftsmen led to the creation of these beautiful pistols.  Typically flintlock, although some wheel-lock examples are known to exist, the Maastricht pistol had a common design and theme.  Typically they are hand carved from a single piece of elephant ivory imported from Africa.  The pommel usually ends with the head of a soldiers, Greek mythical figure, or a Turkish man.  They can also include elaborate gold and silver inlays on the barrel and lock.  

Created by highly skilled artisans, they were primarily produced for wealthy clients, most particularly Europes nobles and monarchs.  A great number were also produced as trade pieces for the Dutch East India Company.  Many more craftsmen from France, Germany, and Bohemia also copied the form and style of the pistols.  Today such pieces are extremely rare with only 100 known specimens being identified as true Maastricht pistols.

  1. subjectevelyn reblogged this from peashooter85
  2. innocence-is-ignorance reblogged this from peashooter85
  3. baabaabelias reblogged this from peashooter85
  4. schattenwhisperer reblogged this from peashooter85
  5. libertarianlolita reblogged this from peashooter85
  6. ithoughtisawyouintherustyhook reblogged this from peashooter85
  7. tea-and-the-sea reblogged this from peashooter85
  8. sensual-laser reblogged this from andymagnuseth
  9. w108 reblogged this from notactuallythor
  10. andymagnuseth reblogged this from notactuallythor
  11. notactuallythor reblogged this from peashooter85
  12. alaskansnowninja reblogged this from garciaquesadilla
  13. garciaquesadilla reblogged this from suckmesleezi
  14. go-loud reblogged this from peashooter85
  15. iawaitwithbatedbreath reblogged this from peashooter85
  16. theactofhistory reblogged this from peashooter85
  17. chivalrousvlad reblogged this from peashooter85
  18. roots-are-certain reblogged this from 95north
  19. major-cool-guy reblogged this from peashooter85
  20. onix0999 reblogged this from peashooter85
  21. apoisonedbook reblogged this from suckmesleezi
  22. b0wiesinspace reblogged this from abstractshlee
  23. desmopipoca reblogged this from peashooter85
  24. aisling-r reblogged this from peashooter85
  25. spuck0999 reblogged this from peashooter85
  26. bothermelyrically reblogged this from hentai-task-force
  27. dylanspeak5 reblogged this from peashooter85
  28. lizbathory reblogged this from abstractshlee
  29. echelxn reblogged this from hentai-task-force
  30. abstractshlee reblogged this from 95north
  31. two-inch-vertical-leap reblogged this from smashingradios