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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.

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