A pair of flint-lock pistols
A pair of flint-lock pistols, Paris around 1670, signed I. Des Granges a Paris. Engraved with Frederik III’s crowned monogram.
The various inlaid precious stones indicates that the pistols have been used at a Carrousel. This custom, inspired by the court in France, was widely popular at the danish court at the time of Christian V. Carrousels were tournaments ment to show military prowess and riding skills, and was developed from the medieval jousting tournaments.
The purpose of the torunaments were to hit various object with different weapons on horseback, giving the King a chance to show off not only himself but also beautiful clothing.