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A FINE QUALITY COLONIAL PERIOD BRASS MOUNTED GERMANIC FLINTLOCK "JAEGER" RIFLE, BY D. I. D. FRANCK, ca. 1730: In overall fine+ original flintlock condition. Swamped, rifled, .75 caliber, 26", heavy, octagonal, bright, iron barrel with its original brass blade fore-sight and its iron rear sight. Retains 90% bright/polished finish with sharp contours, fine rifling and a very fine touch-hole. Molded and finely carved, nicely figured, Striped, Europen walnut fullstock of classic German Jaeger Rifle form with a raised-carved cheek-rest with raised carved acanthus leaf and vine scroll accents. Bold raised teardrop moldings around the mounts and lock; and deep incised line carvings, along the sides of the forestock. Complete with its original carved wooden patchbox cover with its central mounted, push-button spring-release. Fine stock with some light scattered handling marks, expected signs of use, sharp contours and 85%+ finish. In original flintlock configuration with its rounded, banana form, Germanic flintlock mechanism with its matching gooseneck hammer, bridle-less powder-pan and its original frizzen. In mechanically functional order with a strong mainspring and fine timing. Signed with a “I. D. FRANCK” maker’s signature, under the powder-pan for J. David Frank of Rudolstadt (Germany), who worked ca, 1730; and was also, a member of the noted 18th Century “Franck/Francke” gunsmithing family of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. (Please see E. Heer's: "Der Neue Stockel" vol. 1, pg. 394). Smooth, untouched steel surfaces, 90%+ polish, some scattered light discoloration and a very fine age-patina. Full brass mounts with bright surfaces, en suite. The trigger-guard with a curled rear finger-rest and square-type forward finial, three (3) ramrod pipes—the rear pipe with an squared tail, en suite with the trigger-guard and a screw-fastened buttplate with matching upper finial: engraved with a “Gohwitz/1758” owner’s inscription & date (possibly could be researched). A flat rifle-type sideplate of classic Jaeger with both of its iron sidebolts; and a horn fore-end-cap. Fine mounts with choice brass surfaces and a fine golden mustard patina. Original wooden ramrod with horn tip. In fine+ original flintlock condition. The barrel with sharp rifling and smooth untouched "bright" surfaces. The lock with matching smooth steel surfaces and is in mechanically functional order. Fine stock with sharp contours, classic rococo period, Germanic, relief carvings, scattered handling marks and some expected abrasions/signs of use. Complete with both of its sling swivels. Overall length 43". A classic example of an early 18th Century Germanic Flintlock Jaeger Rifle, by a prominent gunsmith, ca. 1730. For similar examples, please see G. C. Neumann’s: “Battle Weapons…” & Claude Blair’s: “European & American Arms…”.