The Wallace Collection

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Wheel-lock rifle with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock rifle with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Silesia, East Europe
  • c. 1620
  • Steel, gold, silver, antler, mother-of-pearl and wood, blued, gilded, damascened, counterfeit-damascened and engraved
  • Length: 105 cm, overall
    Length: 76 cm
    Width: 1.3 cm, calibre
    Weight: 4.535 kg
  • A1092
  • European Armoury III
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  • Wheel-lock rifle, with a heavy octagonal barrel, the surface blued and decorated at intervals with bands of punched ornament, formerly gilt, the intervening spaces being lightly overlaid in silver with birds and foliage, and dotted scroll ornament carried out with a fine punch. Large, adjustable backsight and brass foresight. Rifling of eight grooves.

    Lock, with external wheel and ring bearing-plate. Lock-plate engraved and inlaid en suite with the barrel. Cock shaped and engraved as a winged monster, with ring-shaped cocking spur. Release button for the pan-cover catch.

    Stock profusely inlaid with plaques of antler in the form of deer, hounds, squirrels, human figures and monsters, alternating with circular and diamond-shaped inlays of mother-of-pearl. The free spaces are filled with scrolls and circular spots of antler. Butt-trap with sliding cover. Antler heel-plate engraved with a squirrel and furnished with a steel protective knob. Steel indented trigger-guard engraved, inlaid and gilt en suite with lock and barrel. Hair trigger. Wooden ramrod with antler top.

    All the areas with silver decoration appear to have been fire-gilt originally. The fore- sight is blade-shaped. The back-sight is extremely unusual. It consists of three quite separate sights; (1) a conventional v-sight over which slides (2) a larger v-sight fitted with (3) a vertically sliding v-sight which is secured by a small screw. The bearing-plate on the lock is C-shaped. The trigger-assembly is removable.

    Silesian (Teschen), about 1620.

    This rifle is very similar to A1097, and the decoration of its stock is of the kind commonly found on Tschinkes. See also that on A1105.