The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Wheel-lock gun with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock gun with ramrod
  • Daniel Sadeler
  • Hieronymus Borstorffer
  • Munich, Germany
  • c. 1620
  • Steel, gold, copper alloy, snake-wood, antler, ivory and wood, blued, chiselled and gilded
  • Length: 170 cm, overall
    Weight: 5.25 kg
  • Inscription: 'H.B.'
  • A1090
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Outstanding amongst the group of decorated wheel-lock sporting guns in the Wallace Collection is this princely weapon, almost certainly made for the Bavarian electoral court. The deeply chiselled, blued and gilt barrel is attributed to the Munich workshop of Daniel Sadeler, perhaps the finest steel-chiseller of his day, while the veneered snakewood stock, inlaid with stag-horn and ivory, bears the initials of the equally celebrated Hieronymus Borstorffer. The gun was one of the highlights of the comte de Nieuwerkerke’s collection.