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A VERY GOOD & RARE EARLY 17th CENTURY/THIRTY YEAR WAR PERIOD DUTCH OFFICER’S/MILITARY WHEELOCK PETRONEL/CARBINE w/ RELIEF-CARVED STOCK, ca. 1620s: In overall very good+/near fine, generally untouched condition with smooth, dark steel surfaces, sharp contours and sculpted steel mounts. Deeply fluted and extensively relief carved, dark-colored, ebonized, walnut or fruitwood fullstock of Dutch Petronel/Carbine-form with a slightly curved, sculpted and extensively relief-carved buttstock with a flat, screw-fastened, iron buttplate. The carvings of classic 17th Century Dutch form with deep relief geometric patterns and flutes (Please see Arne Hoff’s: “Dutch Firearms”). Early 17th century, "Dutch" Wheelock mechanism/lock, with an exposed wheel, a bottom-mounted wheel-bridle and a lightly sculpted dog-- of classic Northern European/Dutch Streamlined. Deeply chiseled and extensive vine-scroll-engraved, sighted, rifled, .60 caliber, Octagonal, 17 1/2", pin-fastened, cannon-muzzle barrel with a Shield with Crossed Swords maker's mark, an adjustable rear sight and sharp contours: fine bore with distinct rifling. Classic Dutch type Carbine/Petronel-form fullstock with 75%+ finish, extensive lozenge pattern and deeply carved flutes, an incised carved forestock and smooth ebonized surfaces. In very good+/fine condition with generally smooth surfaces, some scattered handling marks, minor stress cracks/abrasions and old repairs. Associated wooden ramrod with iron tip. Retains its sculpted steel mounts: the trigger-guard with a "spoon-type" bow and sculpted rear finial, a screw-fastened flat buttplate and an engraved, raised, ribbon-type sideplate with both of its sidebolts. A plain, barrel-form, iron ramrod pipe and a faceted steel muzzle-cap. In overall very good+/fine condition with choice, untouched, dark steel and wooden surfaces throughout. Several scattered handling marks, expected signs of use and light patches of discoloration to the metal. Fine lock with its original components. The barrel of very fine quality, as rifled and extensively adorned with lead-blackened, leaf-vine and scroll engravings with chiseled accents. A very rare example of an early 17th century/30-Years War Period Officer’s-Grade Dutch Military Wheelock Petronel/Carbine with a chiseled steel barrel and finely relief carved stock. Dates to, ca. 1620. For similar examples, please see: A. Hoff’s: “Dutch Firearms”. Overall length 30 1/2".

Price: POR


AN EARLY & RARE GERMAN PILGRIM-ERA/THIRTY YEARS WAR PERIOD LEVER-TRIGGER MATCHLOCK MUSKET, ca. 1600-1610: In overall fine professionally cleaned condition. The 38" smoothbore, .75 caliber, round to round, pin-fastened barrel with a deeply struck "II" maker's mark and an integral forged, rectangular, iron powder-pan with a manually rotated pan-cover: deeply struck with a raised maker's mark/powder-grinder. Carved and molded hardwood fullstock of typical early 17th century design with a pronounced triangular fluted butt, an integrally carved ramrod channel, some scattered worm holes and old repairs. The lock of early design with a large forged serpentine with a lightly etched monster-head profile. Flat rectangular lockplate secured by its two sidebolts: the tail clearly struck with a maker's mark bearing a pair of Crossed Swords within a Heart cartouche. The mark is that of H.H., who is believe to have worked in Nuremberg, German ca. 1600-1610 and this marking can be found on wheelock rifles and Matchlock Muskets (please see E. Heer's: "Der Neue Stockel" vol. 1, pg. 564 No. 2893). Lever-type trigger with a decorative ball finial. In overall fine professionally cleaned condition. The barrel with a smooth steel-gray patina and some light surfaces stains. Very Good stock with choice surfaces, sharp contours and some minor wear, handling marks, repairs and light worm holes. Simple, pin and friction-fitted, sheet-iron mounts: buttplate, nose-cap, fore-end band and trigger-guard. The lock, barrel, trigger and hardware with a matching gray patina overall. In mechanically functional order and complete with its original components, including the wooden ramrod with turned iron tip: threaded for jag. A very nice example of an Authentic Pilgrim Era Matchlock Musket, ca. 1620s. Overall length 51". ***For similar examples (Please see: "Arms & Armour In Colonial America", by Harold L. Peterson).

Price: $10,575.00


A VERY FINE & RARE 30 YEARS WAR/EARLY COLONIAL AMERICAN PERIOD GERMAN ARSENAL-MADE MILITARY MATCHLOCK MUSKET, ca. 1620: In overall very fine condition. The 42", pin-fastened, smoothbore, .78 caliber, octagonal to round, iron barrel with a wedding band transition, an integrally forged rectangular powder-pan, a finely sculpted powder-fence and its original pivot-type powder-pan-cover & screw: the breech with a deeply struck “SAS” maker’s mark, within a cartouche. Retains its original iron barrel-pins, heart/V-shaped rear sight and blade-type fore-sight with sharp contours and only some light scattered discoloration/pitting. Molded and carved, original, dark stained hardwood (beechnut?) fullstock of typical mid-17th century Germanic design with a “fish belly”/Paddle-type buttstock. Sharp contours, delicate proportions, a slender fore-stock and a finely notched comb. Classic, early 17th Century, German, Military-form, plain, iron mounts. Retains its original nail-fastened wrought iron buttplate, front ramrod band and sheet-steel nose-cap. The lock of typical 17th Century design with a sculpted and hand-forged serpentine retaining its original jaw screw and components. Flat oval ended lockplate, secured by its two (2) original sidebolts and marked with a maker’s mark. Conventional type trigger with a finely curled finial/tail; and a simple screw-fastened trigger-guard. In overall very fine condition. The barrel with a smooth, silver-gray surfaces, clear markings and sharp contours. Fine stock with sharp contours, 85%+ finish, clear markings, some light handling marks, tight hairlines/minor old repairs and scattered worm holes—-from “Arsenal storage”.The lock, barrel and furniture with matching, smooth steel surfaces and some light patches of scattered discoloration/pitting. Complete with its original components, including its iron-tip wooden ramrod. A very rare authentic example of a Thirty Years War Period/Early 17th Century European (German) Military Matchlock Musket, ca. 1630. In very fine condition. Overall length, 57”. For similar examples, please see M. L. Brown’s: “Firearms in Colonial America…”, Claude Blair’s: “European and American Arms…” & H. L. Peterson’s: “The Treasury of the Gun”.

Price: $14,775.00


A VERY GOOD & 30 YEARS WAR/EARLY COLONIAL AMERICAN PERIOD DUTCH MILITARY MATCHLOCK MUSKET, ca. 1640: In overall very good condition. The 42", unmarked, pin-fastened, smoothbore, .78 caliber, octagonal to round, iron barrel with a wedding band transition, a forged rectangular powder-pan with a deeply struck maker’s mark/powder-grinder, a finely sculpted powder-fence and its pivot-type powder-pan-cover & screw. An early, adjustable, leaf-type, rear sight and a brass blade-type fore-sight. Sharp contours and some light scattered discoloration and pitting. Molded and carved, dark-colored, hardwood (beechnut?) fullstock of typical mid-17th century Dutch form with a “Paddle”-type buttstock and a long slender forestock. Retains generally sharp contours with 65% finish, some minor abrasions, scuffs, hairlines, scattered wormholes and graceful and delicate proportions. A finely notched comb with a deeply fluted butt. Classic, early 17th Century Military-form, plain, iron mounts. A nail-fastened wrought iron buttplate and a sheet-iron muzzle-band. The lock of typical 17th Century design with rectangular lock and a sculpted and hand-forged serpentine with its original jaw screw with heart-shaped aperture. Secured by its two (2) original sidebolts and complete and in functional order. Conventional type trigger with a finely curled finial/tail; and a simple nail-fastened trigger-guard. In overall very good+ untouched condition with dark metal and wooden surfaces with some rust-stains and signs of use/handling. The barrel with smooth, brown-gray surfaces and sharp contours. The stock with 65%+ finish, some light handling marks, tight hairlines and several wormholes. The lock, barrel and furniture with matching, smooth and dark, rust-patinated, steel surfaces and some light patches of discoloration and pitting. Complete with its original components, including its plain wooden ramrod. A very nice example of a Thirty Years War Period/Early 17th Century European (Dutch) Military Matchlock Musket, ca. 1640. In very good+ condition. The type of early firearm used by the Colonists of Plymouth, Jamestown, etc. Overall length, 57”. The trigger-guard with a Brass Collection tag. For similar examples, please see M. L. Brown’s: “Firearms in Colonial America…”, Claude Blair’s: “European and American Arms…” & H. L. Peterson’s: “The Treasury of the Gun”.

Price: $8,975.00


A FINE QUALITY NATURAL STAGHORN INLAY 17TH CENTURY GERMAN WHEELOCK HUNTING/SPORTING CARBINE, ca. 1660: In overall fine untouched condition. The medium colored fruitwood?, molded and relief carved Cheekstock of typical Germanic form with Natural staghorn appointments and its matching buttplate. The left side of the "butt" finely carved with a raised scroll and an incised and raised leaf finial. Classic, 17th century, Germanic form, staghorn inlay with naturally roughened staghorn finish. Decorative iron trigger-guard with traditional Germanic finger-cuts: the rear finial, en suite with the iron buttplate-finial. Two iron sling-swivel loops and the rear with a screw-type fitting for a sling. Natural staghorn ramrod-pipes (an old repair at the front pipe); and the fore-end-tip with its matching staghorn nose-cap. Original, sliding, wooden patchbox-cover with three staghorn inlays, en suite; and complete with its original release spring. Swell-tip wooden ramrod. Deeply rifled, .60 caliber, swamped and sighted, octagonal, 20 3/4", iron barrel with a notched rear iron sight, a silver-lined touch-hole and a dovetailed, blade-type fore-sight. Complete with its original folding tang "peep" sight of "lollipop" form. Enclosed-Wheelock mechanism with its original components. The outer surfaces extensively engraved with a Stag Hunting scene depicting two hunters with a hound, taking aim at a pair of Standing stags. The finely chiseled dog with an engraved leaping Stag and its original, screw-retained fence: engraved with a scroll border and a central hound's head motif. The powder-pan fence with a gold-inlayed scroll; and the chiseled sliding pan-cover engraved, en suite. In fine condition with a smooth, steel-gray, age patina and some light patches of scattered discoloration/fine pitting. The stock with 80%+ finish, sharp contours, some scattered handling marks, a tight age-crack, some light scratches and some expecting handling marks. Fine quality Natural staghorn inlay with old hairlines and some minor abrasions: one sidebolt escutcheon possibly associated. The barrel with smooth gunmetal-gray surfaces, some light and scattered discoloration/speckling and a very good bore with distinct rifling. The lock with sharp contours, light wear to the engraving, some expected discoloration and its original mechanics: double set-type trigger in functional order. A very nice example of a mid to late 17th century German Wheelock Hunting/Jaeger Carbine, ca. 1660. Overall length, 32".

Price: SOLD


A FINE {VICTORIAN PERIOD RESTOCKED} 16th CENTURY GERMAN LEVER-TRIGGER MATCHLOCK MUSKET/ARQUEBUS, ca. 1590: In overall fine condition. The sighted, heavy, hand-forged, 16th century, 46", smoothbore, .80+ caliber, octagonal to round, pin-fastened, iron barrel with a deeply struck “Z”? maker's mark, on the left side of the breech and a wedding-band transition. A flared/Cannon-turned muzzle and an integrally forged, rectangular, iron powder-pan with its screw-retained fence and manually rotated pan-cover. Fine quality, 19th century/Victorian Period {ca. 1890}, molded and carved, classic late 16th century style, hardwood fullstock with a deeply fluted, triangular butt-stock and a long robust forestock with an integrally carved ramrod channel. Flat, rectangular, 16th Century, German lock with a large forged serpentine with a monster-head profile and its original heart-shaped finial tensioning-screw. The lockplate secured by its two (2) sidebolts and the tail clearly struck with an “S” maker's mark. (Please see E. Heer's: "Der Neue Stockel" vol. 2, pg. 1243, No. 8312). Lever-type trigger with a decoratively twisted shaft/flared finial and smooth steel surfaces with some scattered light discoloration/pitting. In overall fine condition with a generally smooth steel-gray patina and some light surfaces stains, pitting and signs of use/wear. Very Fine stock with choice clean surfaces, sharp contours, 95%+ finish and some minor handling marks and abrasions. Simple sheet-iron mounts: a pin-fastened buttplate, a matching trigger-hole-plate and two (2), friction-fitted, reinforcing-bands/ramrod-guides along the forestock. The lock, barrel, trigger and hardware with matching, steel-gray surfaces with scattered patches of discoloration/salt & pepper and a finely aged patina overall. In mechanically functional order and complete with its wooden ramrod with flared tip. A nice example of a Victorian Era Restocked (ca. 1890) Heavy and Large German Military Matchlock Arquebus/Musket, ca. 1590. Overall length 62". The large type of military musket which often required the use of a Musket Rest for firing. ***For similar examples (Please see: "Arms & Armor In Colonial America", by Harold L. Peterson) & M. L. Brown’s: “Firearms in Colonial America 1492-1792)”.

Price: SOLD


A SCARCE 17TH CENTURY GERMAN WHEELOCK SPANNER, ca. 1640: In overall fine+ condition with smooth steel-gray surfaces and a finely chiseled and turned body. Of typical 17th century “T”-Shaped form with a hand wrought integral key and a finely turned and sculpted barrel. In overall fine+ clean condition with smooth, lightly toned surfaces: retains a pleasing silver-gray age patina overall. A very nice example of an authentic 16th-17th century German Wheelock Spanner, ca. 1590-1640. Overall Measurements, 3 1/2" x 4 ½”.

Price: SOLD


A RARE GERMAN ARQUEBUSS-SIZE ARSENAL-MADE LEVER-TRIGGER MATCHLOCK MUSKET, ca. 1620: In overall fine+ condition. The 42", pin-fastened, smoothbore, .80 caliber, sighted, octagonal to round, iron barrel with a wedding band transition and an integrally forged rectangular powder-pan with a deeply struck maker's mark. The top of the breech with a shield Arsenal marking (Stockel No. 8511) or the City State of Baden-Baden. Retains its fore-sight with smooth steel-gray surfaces and a fine wedding-band transition. Simply carved and original, dark colored, hardwood fullstock of typical early to mid 17th century Germanic design with a lobe-type "Paddle" butt: the underside of the fore-end with a carved Shield, en suite with the barrel-proof. Made without a buttplate provision and retains its two sheet-steel ramrod pipes and its matching nose-cap. The lock of classic design with a hand-forged serpentine retaining its original jaw screw, powder-pan-cover and in mechanically functional order. Early form sculpted and chiseled, lever-type trigger with a pointed finial. In overall fine+ condition. The barrel with smooth steel-gray surfaces with clear marking, on the breech-top and in the powder-pan. Fine stock with some expected handling marks, tight hairlines and minor abrasions and worm holes. The lock, barrel and furniture retain a matching, smooth-steel-gray, age patina with some light patches of discoloration and fine pitting. In mechanically functional order with a replaced wooden ramrod. A very rare and authentic example of an early 17th century European (German) Arsenal-made Lever-Trigger Matchlock (Arquebuss) Musket, ca. 1620. ***One of several Muskets produced for the City/Principality of Baden-Baden, during the early part of the 30 Years War, ca. 1620. Overall length, 58".

Price: SOLD


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