• Arms & Armour auction at Christies

    Sale 5863

    Arms & Armour

    30 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 78

    AN AUSTRIAN WHEEL-LOCK SPORTING RIFLE WITH ROCOCO GILT-BRONZE MOUNTS, BY JO(HANN) CASPAR DILPP IN STAIN

    CIRCA 1730

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    AN AUSTRIAN WHEEL-LOCK SPORTING RIFLE WITH ROCOCO GILT-BRONZE MOUNTS, BY JO(HANN) CASPAR DILPP IN STAIN
    CIRCA 1730
    With swamped octagonal sighted barrel signed in gold, the breech decorated with gold scrollwork, gilt-bronze folding back-sight, the lock engraved with rococo scrollwork and involving a sportsman shooting a boar (replaced, perhaps within the working life of the rifle) ebonised wooden full stock carved with scrollwork in low relief, the fore-end with thumbpiece safety-catch operating on an internal long cam, the butt with sliding patch-box cover mounted en suite with the stock, full gilt-bronze mounts finely cast in low relief, decorated en rocailles and involving figures from Roman mythology, sportsmen and other hunting subjects, set trigger, and original ramrod
    33 3/8in (84.8cm) barrel


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