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probably made in Karlsbad

Postcard of Pistol.
© National Museums Scotland


This flintlock revolving holster pistol is said to have been made in the Bohemian spa town of Karlsbad (now Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic). It dates from between around 1730 and 1740.

The pistol has a walnut stock, a barrel inlaid with gold, and heavily engraved brass trigger-guards and butt-mounts.

Karlsbad became famous in the eighteenth century for small souvenirs such as folding knives, forks and spoons. These souvenirs were decorated with gold and silver, in the same way as guns produced in the area at that time for the Western and Turkish markets.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-941-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1937.698 A
Date: 1750 - 1800
Between around 1730 and 1740
Material: Walnut stock, barrel inlaid with trophies and masks in gold, trigger guard and butt mounts of heavily engraved brass
Dimensions: 21.00" L; bore 0.50"
Subject: Pistols
Where: Italy
Description: Flintlock pistol with walnut stock, barrel inlaid with trophies and masks in gold, butt with masks and scrollwork, and three-chambered revolving mechanism: probably Italian, 1750 - 1800
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 14-15. 
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