The scenes inlaid in the stock are derived from prints by the Nuremberg artist Virgil Solis (1514-62).
Ornate matchlock rifles of this distinctive type, of which some twenty are known, are mostly dated to the 1580s and 1590s. Other examples, some also made in Nuremberg, are found in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich (inv. nos. W. 1446 and 1447), the Wallace Collection, London (inv. no. A 1072), the Muse de l'Arme, Paris (inv. nos. M.9 and 24), Windsor Castle (inv. no. L 351), and the Royal Armouries, Leeds (inv. no. XII.10). Another was formerly in the Clay P. Bedford Collection (catalogue of the exhibition, Decorated Firearms 1540-1870 from the Collection of Clay P. Bedford, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1977, no. 45, pp. 120-21). See A. Hoff, 'Late Firearms with Snap Matchlock', Four Studies on History of Arms, Tjhusmuseets Skrifter, VII, Copenhagen, 1963, pp. 9-30).
A member of a family of gunsmiths, Peter Danner is recorded in the Nuremberg archives in 1583, when he complained that the widow of his brother Hans was using the Danner family mark of a serpent. The Nuremberg guild ruled that she should be allowed to continue to do so, but that she and her brother-in-law should accompany the mark by initials. Many barrels bearing Peter Danner's mark, usually accompanied by the serpent, are to be found in the major public collections of arms and armour.