The Wallace Collection

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Wheel-lock gun with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock gun with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1610
  • Steel, silver, walnut and antler, chiselled and engraved
  • Length: 113.7 cm, overall
    Length: 87.2 cm, barrel
    Width: 1 cm, calibre
    Weight: 3.67 kg
  • Stamp: '695' Probably an old arsenal no.
    Stamp: '675' Probably an old arsenal no.
  • A1086
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Wheel-lock gun, the barrel chiselled along its entire length with a formal pattern of flowers and foliage encrusted with silver.

    Lock with external wheel which is covered by a steel plate. This latter, together with the surface of the lock-plate, is decorated en suite with the barrel; the cock has a curved cocking spur ending in a knob.

    Stock of German fashion of Italian walnut, inlaid with scrolled cartouches, soldiers, squirrels, etc., of engraved antler; on the near side is a seated figure of Justice in the costume of the early 17th century, and underneath is Minerva. The sliding cover of the butt-trap is of antler engraved with a figure of Fortune. On the stock near the trigger is stamped the number 695 and on the cheek-piece the number 675, probably old arsenal numbers.

    German, about 1610.

    Exhibited: Musée Rétrospectif , 1865, No. 1977 (Spitzer).

    Provenance: F. Spitzer.

    J. F. Hayward examined this gun on a number of occasions and concluded that the barrel was associated and its silver encrusting doubtful; a new fore-end had been fitted; the lock had been decorated to match the barrel at a later date; and the cover of the butt-trap was probably a 19th-century replacement.