The Wallace Collection

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Wheel-lock gun with ramrod
  • Wheel-lock gun with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1590
  • Steel, gold, antler and wood, engraved, damascened, counterfeit-damascened and stained
  • Length: 123 cm, overall
    Length: 95.8 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.3 cm, calibre
    Weight: 3.83 kg
  • Maker's mark: Three stars
  • A1079
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Wheel-lock gun, the barrel of blued steel, octagonal at the breech, and bearing traces of engraving and of gold overlay. The position of the backsight has been altered, having been moved four inches forward from its original position. Near the breech are stamped three stars, the mark of the maker.

    The lock had an external wheel covered with a domed steel cover. Release button for the pan-cover spring and safety-catch. The lock is blued and the lock-plate shows traces of gold overlay. The cock is later than the rest of the lock, and dates from about 1660.

    Stock of German fashion, profusely inlaid with flowing foliage interspersed with birds and animals of engraved and stained antler. A plaque on the underside is engraved with the figure of Lucretia. The butt contains five receptacles for paper cartridges; the heel-plate, which was probably pivoted, is missing. The trigger-guard, which is indented for the fingers, is a very roughly made replacement.

    Wooden ramrod tipped with horn.

    German, about 1590.

    The marks are not identifiable among the many stars in N. Støckel, II, pp. 1478-80.