• A Cabinet of Curiosities Selec auction at Christies

    Sale 2393

    A Cabinet of Curiosities Selections from the Peter Tillou Collections

    28 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 117

    A FINE AND RARE ETCHED AND INLAID GERMAN WHEEL-LOCK SPORTING GUN

    DATED 1573

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    A FINE AND RARE ETCHED AND INLAID GERMAN WHEEL-LOCK SPORTING GUN
    DATED 1573
    With sighted long octagonal smooth-bore barrel decorated with etched panels of delicate scrolling tendrils and flowers, the lock etched with further tendril patterns involving interlaced strapwork and set within border designs of fine interlace, with domed wheel-cover etched en suite and retaining traces of original gilding, safety-catch, and sliding pan-cover with button release, fruitwood full stock profusely inlaid with engraved horn plaques over its full length, involving a group of peasants in the manner of Breugel merrymaking over the left-hand side of the butt, scenes from the chase, and all on a complex ground of scrolling flowers, ballflowers, and pellets set within segmental lines, iron trigger-guard with long molded finial, engraved horn ramrod-pipe and fore-end cap, horn butt-plate engraved with the owwner's coat-of-arms and the date 1573, and horn-tipped wooden ramrod.
    70¾ in. (179.5 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    F. Theodore Dexter, Los Angeles, circa 1953.