21 June 2012
A .57 GERMAN WHEEL-LOCK SPORTING RIFLE
THE BARREL DATED 1709
With swamped octagonal sighted barrel cut with seven grooves and retaining traces of a Munich maker's signature (perhaps Georg Draussmiller) together with the date, plain tang numbered '1,' flat lock engraved with scrollwork, raised wheel-cover engraved with foliage, flat cock with a monster-head, full stock with fluted foreend and profusely inlaid with white staghorn panels engraved with flowers, foliage, animals, figures, and scenes of the chase, heightened on the butt with tendrils and pellets, horn-inlaid sliding patch-box cover with two profile portrait busts, iron butt-plate engraved with a sportsman and his dog, indented iron trigger-guard, set trigger, and later horn-tipped ramrod (some surface pitting)
34 3/8 in. (88.5 cm.), the barrel
Frank E. Bivens, Jr.
The Russell B. Aitken Collection; Christie's, New York, 4 April 2003, lot 505.
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