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A FINE QUALITY 17TH CENTURY GERMAN/AUSTRIAN WHEELOCK HUNTING/SPORTING CARBINE w/ RELIEF CARVED STOCK, Dtd. 1672: In overall fine+ condition. Light colored, molded, figured and extensively relief and incised carved, walnut Cheekstock of typical Germanic form with sculpted and contoured mounts and staghorn appointments. The left side of the "butt" finely carved with a raised scroll of classic 17th century Germanic form. Profusely incised carved with vine and floral scrolls, a “1672” date and adorned with raised carved beaded accents with Baroque floral details. Sculpted iron trigger-guard with traditional Germanic finger-cuts, en suite with the buttplate-finial. An old brass Museum collection/inventory tag, affixed to the guard. Incised carved butt with its finely turned, ball type, “resting” iron. Sculpted and fluted fore-stock with its matching pin-fastened, brass nose-cap: the fore-stock with minor old slivered losses and repairs. Finely carved wooden patchbox-cover with a raised depiction of a running Rabbit {the interior retains an oxidized and untouched age-patina with an old inked Museum inventory Number}. Swelled wooden ramrod with staghorn tip. Deeply rifled, .58 caliber, swamped and sighted, octagonal, 24 1/2", iron barrel with an iron rear sight, a fine touch-hole and a dovetailed, brass, fore-sight. Chiseled and finely sculpted, Wheelock mechanism with its original components. The clean, steel-gray outer surfaces with an exposed wheel, a pierced wheel-cover, a matching chiseled dog-spring and a finely sculpted dog/hammer with its original, screw-retained fence and top jaw and screw. Retains both of its sidebolts, its chiseled rectangular powder-pan fence and its sliding powder-pan-cover. In overall fine condition with “bright”, smooth, steel surfaces, some expected signs of use, handling and light patches of scattered discoloration/fine pitting. The stock with 90%+ finish, generally sharp contours and some scattered handling marks, tight hairlines, old slivered losses and minor old repairs: a fine grain figure and extensive relief and incised Baroque carvings. Fine quality iron, brass and horn mounts with lightly toned surfaces, minor abrasions and tarnish in the protected recesses. The barrel, en suite with “bright” steel surfaces, light scattered discoloration/speckling and a fine bore with distinct deep-groove rifling. Fine lock with sharp contours, light wear and original mechanics: the inner springs and surfaces with deep chiseling-- of typical fine quality Germanic craftsmanship. Complete with its etched staghorn-tip wooden ramrod, double set triggers and natural staghorn ramrod-pipe. A scarce example of a Relief Carved & Dated 17th century German/Austrian Wheelock Hunting/Jaeger Carbine, Dtd. 1672. Overall length, 36". ***For similar examples, please see C. Blair’s: “European & American Arms 1100-1850”. and J. F. Hayward’s: “Art of the Gunmaker 1640-1850”, vol. 2.

Price: SOLD


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: SOLD


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 (Stockel # 4443). 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: SOLD


A VERY FINE STAGHORN INLAYED 17TH CENTURY WHEELOCK SPORTING/BIRDING RIFLE, Dtd. 1695: Light colored fruitwood cheek-stock with relief and incised carvings with etched staghorn inlays. The lock, with exposed wheel, an automatic pan-cover (missing pan-coner-release) and a nicely chiseled and engraved, styled dog with its original top jaw and screw. Octagonal, 44 1/2", sighted, .36 caliber, heavy, smoothbore barrel with several deeply stuck maker's marks: similar markings to those of “Nikolaus Klett” of Suhl, Germany 1591-1608. (Please see E. Heer’s: “Der Neue Stockel”, vol. 1, pg. 630) Very fine barrel with sharp contours, much polish and some minor stains: fine touch-hole and bore. The fruitwood cheek-stock with numerous scrimshawed and carved staghorn inlays with floral and scroll accents. Fine stock with 90%+ re-finish, sharp contours, fine surfaces, some tight hairlines, minor handling marks, checks and cracks at the barrel-pins: one repaired. Complete with its sliding patchbox cover (contains an original, powder-measure and cleaning-jag-attachment). The lid with engraved staghorn inlays, en suite with the stock. Replaced wooden ramrod with plain staghorn tip. The stock inlayed along the fore-stock and on the buttstock with numerous etched & inked staghorn inlays, ribbons and medallions. The inlay of typical 17th century German style with nicely detailed scrolls, mythological beasts, vines, etc. Plain iron trigger-guard with sharp contours and its classic Germanic finger-spurs: two steel ramrod pipes. Retains its original set-triggers and plate (functional). In overall very fine condition with smooth steel and wooden surfaces throughout. The barrel, lock and trigger-guard with a very fine gray patina with only some light scattered staining/discoloration. Early type German Wheelock mechanism with an exposed wheel and automatic pan-cover (defective). A very fine example of German Wheelock Hunting/Birding rifle, dtd. 1695. Overall length 56".

Price: $15,775.00


A VERY GOOD EARLY 18TH CENTURY GERMAN/AUSTRIAN WHEELOCK SPORTING RIFLE by “J. B. ZELLNER”, (Dtd. 1723): In overall very good+ condition with smooth, lightly mottled, gray, steel surfaces, 65%+ finish and sculpted and chiseled steel mounts. Molded, relief & incised carved, light-colored, (European walnut?) cheekstock of classic German 17th Century form. A robust butstock and an incised carved forestock with two (2) staghorn ramrod-pipes. The left side of the butt with sculpted contours and a matching horn & staghorn inlayed cheek-piece-rest with baroque/rococo type relief carved acanthus vine scroll accents: the edge of the cheek-rest with a finely scrimshawed staghorn inlay with a “1771” marking. Retains 85% finish with sharp contours, minor old repairs and the expected signs of age/handling. Sculpted steel trigger guard with a screw-retained pointed forward finial and its rear, cut with finger-grooves: original single-set trigger and trigger-plate. Horn butt-plate and complete with its finely etched and engraved staghorn inlayed patchbox cover with its original spring-release. The mounts with generally sharp contours and smooth steel surfaces with a lightly toned and stained age-patina: the expected patches of wear, discoloration and salt & pepper. Octagonal, swamped, 32 1/2”, deeply rifled, .63 caliber, iron barrel with its sculpted and chiseled rear sight and its dovetailed, blade-type fore-sight. The top of the breech with a “B*Z”/ 1723 maker’s mark & date. The marking, that of Johann Balthasar Zellner (1659-1730), who was a member of the famed “Zellner” gunsmithing family of Salzburg, Austria: the official gunsmiths of the Archduke of that city. (Please see E. Heer’s: “Der Neue Stockel”, vol. 2, pg. 1432). Retains very good, mottled-gray, steel surfaces with sharp contours, a very good touch-hole and some light scattered patches of discoloration. Exposed Wheelock mechanism of classic Germanic Late 17th Century design with a sculpted and chiseled, dog (hammer) with its original jaw and screw, its matching powder-pan-fence and a chiseled and engraved dog-spring. The lock with matching “bright” steel-surfaces with much polish and some scattered discoloration, oxidation and light wear/signs of use. In mechanically functional order and complete with its original lock components. Retains its flared-tip wooden ramrod. Overall length, 42 1/2”. A classic example of an early 18th century (dtd. 1723) German/Austrian Wheelock Sporting Rifle. For similar examples, please see C. Blair’s: “European & American Arms c. 1100-1850.

Price: $8,975.00


A VERY GOOD & RARE 30 YEARS WAR/EARLY COLONIAL AMERICAN “PILGRIM ERA” DUTCH/GERMAN ARSENAL-MADE MILITARY MATCHLOCK MUSKET, ca. 1620: In overall very good condition. The 42", pin-fastened, smoothbore, .70 caliber, octagonal to round, untouched, 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 several Arsenal/maker’s marks. Iron barrel-pins, a heart/V-shaped rear sight and an iron blade fore-sight. Dark, russet-toned, untouched, steel surfaces with sharp contours and scattered discoloration and pitting. Molded and carved, original, dark stained, hardwood (beechnut?) fullstock of typical mid-17th century Germanic/Dutch design with a sculpted “fish belly”/Paddle-type buttstock and plain sheet-steel mounts. Retains generally sharp contours, a working-period mended/replaced fore-stock and a finely notched comb. Early 17th Century, German/Dutch, Military-form, plain, mounts. A nail-fastened buttplate, a front ramrod band and a sheet-trigger-guard with nail-fastened finials: hooked-type trigger. The lock of typical 17th Century design with a hand-forged serpentine with its original heart-shaped jaw screw. Flat rectangular lockplate, secured by its two (2) original sidebolts and marked with a “*” maker’s mark. Conventional type trigger with a fine curl: nonfunctional with a defective sear and missing mainspring. In overall very good untouched condition. The barrel with a dark untouched age-patina, visible markings and sharp contours with “orange-peel” texture overall. The stock with sharp contours, 65%+ finish, scattered handling marks, tight hairlines, minor gouges, small losses and the expected worm holes—-from “Arsenal storage”. The lock, barrel and furniture with matching, dark, rust-patinated, steel surfaces. Complete with its plain wooden ramrod. A rare Thirty Years War Period/Early 17th Century European (German/Dutch) Military Matchlock Musket, ca. 1630. Overall length, 58”. 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” & “Arms & Armor in Colonial America…”.

Price: SOLD


AN EARLY & RARE GERMAN PILGRIM-ERA/THIRTY YEARS WAR PERIOD MATCHLOCK MUSKETEER’S COMBINATION DOUBLE LINSTOCK & MUSKET-FORK/REST, ca. 1600: In overall fine condition. Slightly tapered, cylindrical, 49", original, hardwood (walnut?) haft with a dark and untouched patina and scattered light worming, handling marks and signs of use. The base with its original wrought iron banded and tapered, pointed, Spike-type grounding-iron. Retains dark, black-painted, lightly discolored, steel surfaces with the excepted signs of use/wear. The top of the haft mounted with its original, band secured, wrought iron, Double Headed Matchlock Musket-form Linstock/Match-cord-Holders with sculpted screw-tensioned heads/dogs: their bases forming a Matchlock Musket Rest. The match-holders with black-painted, patinated, steel surfaces, scattered light pitting and sighs of use. The heads with their original “dogs”. Of rare form and in very good+ condition, having choice surfaces, sharp contours and some minor wear, handling marks and light worm holes. The original wooden haft with much finish and scattered abrasions: an old/working-period piercing, towards the head. A very nice example of an Authentic Pilgrim Era Matchlock Musketeer’s Combination Double Linstock & Musket-Rest/Fork, ca. 1620s. Overall length 57". Complete with an original 16th/17th Century, 10”, section of Nitrated Match-cord with saltpeter infused, slight desiccated surfaces. Of braided (hemp?) natural fiber cord and retains untouched oxidized surfaces with evidence of use and age. A rare and unusual piece of 16th/17th Century Musketeer’s equipment, ca. 1600 ***For similar examples (Please see: "Arms & Armour In Colonial America", by Harold L. Peterson)

Price: $3,875.00


A FINE LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY GERMAN WHEELOCK SPORTING RIFLE, ca. 1690-1710: In overall fine+ condition with bright steel surfaces, 85% finish and sculpted and polished brass mounts. Molded, relief & incised carved, Dark walnut cheekstock of classic German 17th/18th Century form. A robust butstock and a slender forestock with a horn and staghorn fore-end-cap & matching ramrod-tip. The left side of the butt with sculpted contours and a matching horn & staghorn inlayed cheek-piece-rest with baroque/rococo type relief carved scroll accents. Finely sculpted heavy brass trigger guard with a flame-type forward finial and its rear with finger-grooves and an elongated spur: original single-set trigger. Horn butt-plate and horn & staghorn inlayed patch box cover with its original spring-release. Three (3) baluster type brass ramrod-pipes and a finely sculpted flat sideplate with scroll borders. Fine mounts with sharp contours and smooth brass surfaces with a golden-toned patina. Heavy, 34", octagonal, swamped, deeply rifled, .65 caliber, iron barrel with its sculpted and chiseled rear sight and its dovetailed, brass, blade-type fore-sight. Retains bright steel surfaces with a fine bore, sharp contours, a very good touch-hole and some light scattered patches of discoloration: the sides of the breech with a “VW” marker’s punch-mark. Classic, Germanic, Enclosed Wheelock mechanism with a sculpted and chiseled dog (hammer), powder-pan-fence and an engraved dog-spring. The lock with matching “bright” steel-surfaces with much polish and some scattered discoloration, oxidation and light wear/signs of use.. In overall fine+ condition with its original components and choice metal and wooden surfaces. Complete with its original horn-tip wooden ramrod. Overall length, 45”. A classic example of a 17th/18th century German Wheelock Sporting Rifle, ca. 1690-1710. For similar examples, please see C. Blair’s: “European & American Arms c. 1100-1850.

Price: $13,575.00


A FINE 17TH/18th CENTURY GERMAN WHEELOCK SPANNER, ca. 1690: In overall fine+ lightly cleaned condition with smooth steel-gray and brass surfaces and a finely turned body. Of typical 17th century form with its key and a finely turned and sculpted barrel with acorn finial. In overall fine+ clean condition with smooth, lightly toned surfaces: retains a pleasing silver-gray age patina overall: bright brass surfaces, en suite. A very nice example of a late 17th century/eaely 18th Century German Wheelock Spanner, ca. 1690. Overall Measurements, 2 1/4" x 6 1/4”.

Price: SOLD


A SCARCE 17TH CENTURY GERMAN COMBINATION WHEELOCK SPANNER, HAMMER & SCREWDRIVER, ca. 1600: In overall very good untouched condition with lightly mottled, smooth steel-gray surfaces and a finely chiseled and turned body. Of typical 17th century “T”-Shaped form with a hand wrought, integrally forged hammer-head with Wheelock Spanner-keys-- for two different sized spindles; and a finely turned and sculpted barrel with a flared screwdriver blade, at its base. In overall very good untouched condition with generally smooth, lightly oxidized surfaces, scattered light to moderate pitting and a silver-gray age patina. Overall a very nice example of an authentic 16th-17th century German Combination Wheelock Spanner, ca. 1600. Overall Measurements, 6 1/8" x 2”.

Price: $1,000.00


A RARE 17th CENTURY GERMAN/DUTCH MATCHLOCK/WHEELOCK MUSKETEER'S “12-APOSTLES” POWDER BANDOLIER w/ BULLET-POUCH & PRIMING-FLASK, ca. 1600: In overall very fine condition (the associated?) leather belt with modern stitched repairs and equipped with its Seven (7) Turned wood powder canisters with the turned and carved, string secured caps, en suite (one canister/cxharger missing). The Powder Chargers with choice/excellent wooden surfaces with 95% finish, sharp contours, some very light abrasions and some with light scattered worming. The base of the Bandolier with a hand-stitched original 17th Century Musket Ball-Pouch with slightly crazed and age-stained brown leather surfaces: retains an original approx. .80 Musket ball. Also equipped with its original Matchlock Priming Flask with a similarly turned wooden body. Of bulbous form and retaining its original funnel-shaped pouring spout. In overall very fine+/near excellent condition., The leather Bandolier/Belt with lightly crazed brown tanned leather surfaces, modern stitched repairs and evidence of light use and wear. Excellent Powder-Chargers/”Apostles” with turned wooden bodies, their original securing strings, matching wooden caps and only the lightest signs of use: possibly unissued. The ball-pouch, en suite with supply leather body, light crazing and the expected signs of wear. A very fine/excellent Priming Flask with matching turned wood surfaces, 95%+ finish and its finely tapered pouring-spout. An impressive an rarely seen Matchlock Musketeer’s “Cartridge Belt”/Bandolier in exceptional condition. Dates to the early 17th Century, ca. 1600. Overall length, 30". For a similar example, please see Harold L. Peterson's: "Arms & Armor in Colonial America".

Price: $4,275.00


A HIGH QUALITY & UNUSUAL AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN/EASTERN EUROPEN (RUSSIAN?) 17TH CENTURY WHEELOCK SPORTING CARBINE w/ RELIEF CARVED & SILVER INLAYED STOCK, dtd. 1674: In overall very fine+/Museum condition. Light colored, molded, figured and carved, fruitwood Cheekstock of Germanic influenced form. The left side of the cheekstock with finely carved raised scroll of classic 17th century form and further adorned with multi-colored, Stained Staghorn and Silver inlays of geometric Ottoman/Turkish influenced design: minor losses. Full steel mounts: the sculpted iron trigger-guard with traditional Germanic finger-cuts and a screw-fastened flared finial. Incised carved butt with its engraved horn plate with a “1674” date. Sculpted and fluted fore-stock with its etched and engraved staghorn nose-cap. Finely carved wooden patchbox cover with its original spring release. Retains its original, swelled-tip, turned, wooden ramrod. Smoothbore, .60 caliber, sighted, octagonal-to-round, 36 5/8", chiseled and engraved iron barrel with a fine touch-hole and its iron fore-sight. Fully engraved, chiseled and finely sculpted breech with vine scroll accents, raised fluted ribs and a chiseled muzzle. Italianate Wheelock mechanism with its original components and fiunely sculpted and chiseled surfaces. Exposed wheel and a pierced and chiseled, “ring-type” wheel-bridle, a matching chiseled dog-spring and a finely sculpted dog/hammer with its original top jaw and screw. The face of the lockplate with an engraved mask and scroll decoration, on the wheel. Retains choice steel surfaces with 90% smooth “bright” finish. Matching chiseled powder-pan fence and complete with its sliding powder-pan-cover. In overall very fine+ condition with “bright”, smooth, steel surfaces and a matching stock. Exhibits only some light expected signs of use/handling with 90%+ finish, sharp contours, scattered handling marks/worming, tight hairlines and missing its upper ramrod-pipe. A fine grain figure and the mounts with smooth steel surfaces. Very fine barrel with “bright” steel surfaces, fine quality chiseling and a fine bore. The lock with sharp contours and its original mechanics. A very scarce example of a Carved & Silver Inlayed Austrian-Hungarian/Eastern European (Russian?) 17th Century Wheelock Hunting/Sporting Carbine, ca. 1670. Overall length, 47 1/2". ***For similar examples, please see C. Blair’s: “European & American Arms 1100-1850”. and J. F. Hayward’s: “Art of the Gunmaker 1640-1850”, vol. 2.

Price: $14,775.00


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