A significant South German wheellock rifle, veneered in bone, with etched lock and barrel, circa 1600
From castles and palaces - selected art and works of art from antiquity to the 20th century | A87p | Live auction | 91 Lots
Starting Price € 30,000
DescriptionThe octagonal barrel slightly constricted in the middle with eight-groove rifled bore in 14 mm calibre. The top of the barrel lavishly etched with gilt scrolling bands and decorative tendrils. Dovetailed sights in iron, the master's monogram "TP" struck twice at the breech. The lock with external wheel, entirely covered in etched, gilt interlaced strapwork. Gilt set trigger. The full stock made of walnut with lavish inlays of blackened and engraved bone. Renaissance cartouches with profuse strapwork and scrolling bands amidst mascarons and dainty landscape vistas. Interspersed with fine shavings. A depiction of a hunter in contemporary dress, armed with a wheellock rifle, on the patch box lid. Iron trigger guard with etched décor. Inset ramrod with screw-mounted iron bullet mould and engraved bone tip. Length 114 cm.
Condition: II +
Several slight defects and indentations, two minor imperfections in the ramrod slot on the underside of the forearm. A small, copper-lined drill hole in front of the sight on the top of the barrel. Very minor flaws and replacements, streaks on the left side at the front of the forearm. Questions about the lot?