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Wheel-Lock Hunting Rifle

Wheel-Lock Hunting Rifle

mid 17th century

Hans Schmidt

(Austrian, 1669)

made by

Steel, varnished wood (walnut) stock decorated with inlaid silver wire and appliqués

Overall: 110.2 cm (43 3/8 in.); Butt: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.); Barrel: 83.2 cm (32 3/4 in.); Bore: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis R. Schilling 1959.127

Description

The barrel of this hunting piece is marked with the letters "GS" within a shield, the likely initials of the owner, who was probably a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece as indicated by the escutcheon on the stock.

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