Pair of pistols and a bullet associated with the death of William Frederick of Nassau, Stadtholder of Friesland, anonymous, c. 1650

Pair of pistols and a bullet associated with the death of William Frederick of Nassau, Stadtholder of Friesland, anonymous, c. 1650

forging, l 70cm × d 1.3mm More details

When Stadtholder William Frederick inspected one of these pistols on 24 October 1664, the weapon accidentally fired, fatally wounding him in the face. The bullet displayed here was found in the other pistol. Although these objects do not tell a very heroic tale, they were nevertheless accorded a place in the collection of the Frisian stadtholders.

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