An Assassin's Pistol

Anders Wåhlberg and Anders David Kauffmann1775

The Royal Armoury, Sweden

The Royal Armoury, Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden

The pistol used by Johan Jacob Anckarström to assassinate King Gustav III. The two pistols he carried at the time were old and slightly defect when Anckarström acquired them. He had them re-stocked by the gunsmith Anders David Kaufmann before the deed, which became Anckarström’s undoing. Kaufmann recognised the two weapons on the morning after and Anckarström was arrested less than 12 hours after the shot was fired.


  • Title: An Assassin's Pistol
  • Creator: Anders Wåhlberg, Anders David Kauffmann
  • Date Created: 1775
  • Location Created: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Physical Dimensions: L 315 mm, Weight 440 g
  • Subject Keywords: Murder, Assassination, Flintlock
  • Rights: CC BY
  • External Link: Livrustkamamren

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps