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A 12-BORE GERMAN WHEEL-LOCK MUSKET
A 12-BORE GERMAN WHEEL-LOCK MUSKET

CIRCA 1600 AND LATER

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A 12-BORE GERMAN WHEEL-LOCK MUSKET
Circa 1600 and later
With blued two-stage barrel (probably shortened) with an applied decorative brass ring at the muzzle, the breech section inlaid with an engraved circular panel within a circular brass wreath, struck thrice at the rear with a brass-lined maker's mark, 'MM' above a lion within a shield, and with two raised mouldings, one of brass, flat lock struck with the same mark and with external wheel retained by two blued brackets each with scallop-shaped finial, blued pan and pan-cover, engraved blued cock with baluster stem, full stock inlaid with horn lines enclosing engraved mother-of-pearl panels on a background of staghorn scrolls, pellets and rosettes, the butt carved in the form of a monster's head with staghorn eyes, iron trigger-guard, set trigger, engraved staghorn ramrod-pipes, engraved horn fore-end cap, and horn-tipped ramrod (incomplete)
43 in. (107.3 cm.) barrel
Provenance
Rothschild inv. no. AR3365.
Literature
Hans Schedelmann, Die Grossen Bchsenmacher, Brunswick, 1972, p. 59, pl. 110, dated to the late 16th Century.
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