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Wheel-lock rifle with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock rifle with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Teschen, Silesia
  • c. 1640
  • Steel, blued, silver, copper alloy, gold, antler and mother-of-pearl, overlaid, engraved and overlaid
  • Length: 93.5 cm, overall
    Length: 64.5 cm, barrel
    Width: 1 cm, calibre
    Weight: 3.21 kg
  • A1097
  • European Armoury III
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  • Wheel-lock rifle, with an octagonal barrel, blued and overlaid in silver at the ends and in the centre with intricate scrollwork containing birds, animals and continued by engraving and patterns punched in dots, the engraving being gilt. Backsight with single folding leaf. Rifling of eight grooves.

    Lock with external wheel and ring-shaped bearing-plate. The lock-plate is decorated en suite with the barrel with overlaid silver ornament and engraving. Cock engraved and pierced to represent monsters. Upper jaw with large finger ring for cocking. The screws securing the spring of the cock, and the cock itself pass through a small covering plate pierced with a heart-shaped opening.

    Stock of German fashion, inlaid in engraved antler and mother-of-pearl with hunting scenes, birds and animals, the intervening spaces filled with scrollwork. On the cheek-piece of the butt are St. George and the Dragon. Butt-trap with sliding cover. Indented trigger-guard of gilt steel, and hair-trigger. Solid brass ramrod. The heel of the butt is furnished with a steel knob to prevent damage.

    Silesian (Teschen), about 1640.

    The decoration of this rifle is very similar to A1092, and (as regards the stock) to A1105, and is of a kind frequently found upon Tschinkes.

    There is a very thin, straight hair-trigger and a screw for adjusting its pull. The heel of the butt is covered with a plate of white cow-horn.

    In the Brahe-BieIke armoury at Skokloster Slott, Sweden, is a pair of guns by the same stockmaker (L. Rangstrom, personal communication).