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Wheel-lock rifle or 'Tschinke' with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock rifle or 'Tschinke' with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Teschen, Silesia, East Europe
  • c. 1630
  • Steel, copper alloy, walnut, antler, mother-of-pearl and engraved
  • Length: 128 cm, overall
    Length: 99.5 cm, barrel
    Width: 0.9 cm, calibre
    Weight: 2.99 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A1108
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Wheel-lock rifle (Tschinke), with an octagonal barrel of small hexagonal bore engraved at breech, muzzle and midway between with floral ornament, now much worn; stamped at the breech with a maker's mark. Backsight and brass foresight.

    Lock of the usual Tschinke pattern with external mainspring. This type of lock is sometimes known in Germany as a Kurlandische Schloss. Press-in release for the pan-cover catch; the cocking button is missing. The lock is engraved with much worn floral ornament similar to that on the barrel, except on the cock where the engraving is of slightly better quality.

    Stock of walnut, inlaid with scrolls and dots of antler and mother-of-pearl. Butt-trap with sliding cover. Indented trigger-guard of steel. The trigger is missing. Steel ramrod.

    Silesian, about 1630.