15 July 1999
A Fine 32-Bore German Wheel-Lock Sporting Rifle
By Bartolome Daisenberger, Munich, circa 1750
With swamped octagonal barrel cut with seven rounded grooves, engraved with scrolls on the flat of the muzzle, and with silver fore-sight and engraved reblued leaf back-sight, the breech with gold-lined oval maker's stamp (Neue Stckel 7293) and removable touch-hole, engraved tang, flat lock with enclosed wheel finely engraved with C-scrolls and foliage, the fence to the cock and cock-spring en suite, signed in full within a scrollwork cartouche on the tail, and engraved within a central cartouche with Zeus aiming his bow at a dragon, engraved sliding pan-cover, moulded figured walnut full stock carved with rococo ornament in relief (fore-end with old chips and cracks), shaped iron mounts engraved with symmetrical designs of scrolls and strapwork, flat side-plate engraved with a seated peasant, indented trigger-guard engraved with the number '1', sliding patch-box cover veneered in rootwood, and green and white horn, the base of the cheek-piece en suite, light and dark horn fore-end cap, dark horn butt-plate with iron button, set trigger, engraved iron ramrod-pipes, and associated horn-tipped ramrod
31in. (80.6cm.) barrel
W. Keith Neal, sold in these Rooms, 8 November 1995, lot 67.
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Daisenberger was gunmaker to the Bavarian court. For further Daisenberger rifles of the same date see Erwin Schalkhauer, Handfeuerwaffen, no. 75; and W. Keith Neal & D.H.L. Back, Great British Gunmakers 1740-1790, pls. 69-70.
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