Pair of pistols owned by Maurice of Nassau-Beverweerd, Willem van Essen, 1670 - 1678
Amsterdam arms dealers were able to deliver large quantities of standard weapons, but they also specialized increasingly in luxury weapons. These pistols were specially made for Maurice of Nassau. A bastard grandson of Prince Maurice, he was a colonel in the army. His initials MNLB are engraved on the lockplate, together with a satyr and dragon.