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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: $17,775.00


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 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: $10,775.00


A VERY RARE & NEAR EXCELLENT GERMAN WHEELOCK OFFICER’S/MILITARY RIFLE, Dtd. 1610: In overall near excellent "museum grade" condition. The 37", wooden-pin-fastened, deeply rifled, sighted, .67 caliber, octagonal, swamped, iron barrel with an integral sighting-rib at the breech, choice steel surfaces with patches of rust-staining, a sharp “1610” date and two deeply struck, Shield form, Crossbow maker's marks (similar to Stockel No.). Finely carved, engraved Staghorn inlayed, light-colored, fruitwood fullstock of Musket-type Paddle-butt form. Fine quality with nicely etched details and incised and deeply fluted relief carvings, on the buttstock. Retains 95%+ finish with choice contours, sharp edges, some minor handling marks and light scattered worm-holes. Finely engraved staghorn fore-end cap, a matching sculpted ramrod pipe, “false” patchbox cover with etched staghorn lid, and both of the sidebolt washers, etched en suite. The left side of the two piece buttstock with a raised cheek-piece and matching scroll carvings. Retains a very fine patina with some very light handling marks. Of late 16th century German military/Officer’s design with martial type, sheet-steel mounts. The trigger-guard with a sculpted spoon-type bow with a pointed rear and a simple rounded forward finial. Made without a buttplate and complete with its original, flared tip, wooden ramrod with (broken w/ a portion stuck in the ramrod-channel). The mounts with sharp engraving, smooth steel-gray surfaces, 75% polish and some isolated patches of discoloration/staining. Early form, Wheelock mechanism with finely engraved surfaces. Complete with its original components and in mechanically functional order with strong springs. The lockplate with approx. 70%+ “bright” finish, sharp contours and a finely etched and engraved Monster-form dog and matching automatic sliding pan-cover. External-type wheelock with exterior bridle and a fine spindle: the wheel face engraved with floral scrolls and Monsters’ Heads. Complete with its top-jaw and screw and its engraved springs with chiseled finials. Retains both its sidebolts and with functional double-set triggers. In overall near excellent "museum-grade" condition with an old, "10" marked, brass collection tag, attached to the trigger-guard. The barrel with a smooth steel-gray age patina, a fine touch-hole, scattered rust-stains and sharp contours: fine bore with deep rifling. Clear markings and complete with its brass fore-sight and notched, iron, rear sight. Excellent stock with some minor handling marks, scattered light wormholes and fine quality carvings: the inlays of typical German design with finely etched & blackened, crosshatch patterns. The lock, barrel and furniture retain a matching, smooth steel-gray age-patina with scattered light discoloration and rust-stains. In mechanically functional order with its original components. A very rare example of an early 17th century German Military Wheelock Officer’s Rifle, dated 1610. Overall length, 52”. For a picture of a similar example, in the Smithsonian Institute’s Collection, please see Harold L. Peterson’s: “Pageant of the Gun”, pg. 20.

Price: $17,775.00


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 VERY FINE QUALITY LATE 17TH CENTURY GERMAN WHEELOCK HUNTING/SPORTING RIFLE by “M. SIPOVIZ IN AUG”, ca. 1690: In overall excellent condition museum condition. The medium colored, molded and finely relief carved, figured, European walnut Cheekstock of typical Germanic form with engraved Mother of Pearl, brass and staghorn appointments. The left side of the "butt" finely carved with a raised scroll with an incised and raised leaf finial. Classic, 17th century, Germanic form, staghorn ribbon inlays with blackened and shaded details and Mother of Pearl accents. A decoratively etched, brass panel, on the side of the cheek-rest and the floral scroll engraved trigger-guard with traditional Germanic finger-cuts and etched forward finial. Brass buttplate with and engraved upper finial and its iron resting-ball/stud. The finely sculpted sideplate with 90% gilt finish and finely engraved borders and central panel: retains both of its blued (90%+), wing-type sidebolts. An engraved brass fore-end-cap and three faceted ramrod pipes, en suite. Retains its iron sling-swivel loop. Engraved brass-mounted, sliding, wooden patchbox-cover with staghorn ribbon inlays, and complete with its original release spring. Original brass-tip wooden ramrod. Choice, deeply rifled, .60 caliber, swamped and sighted, octagonal, 32 1/2", blued (90%) iron barrel with its adjustable, scroll-engraved, notched, bronze rear sight and its dovetailed, blade-type, brass fore-sight. Extensively engraved, enclosed-Wheelock mechanism with its outer surfaces finely engraved with a Duelling Scene depicting two mounted men with Swords, in a field with a Castle background. The finely chiseled dog with an engraved Stand of Arms and its original, screw-retained, etched fence. Scroll-engraved powder-pan fence with its chiseled sliding pan-cover engraved, en suite. In fine condition with excellent, bright, steel surfaces, extremely sharp engravings and a clear “M.S.” (M. Sipoviz) maker’s mark. The stock with 97%+ finish, very sharp contours, only the lightest of handling marks and all of its inlay. The barrel with smooth surfaces and 90%+ of its blued finish with a sharp “M. LIPOVIZ IN AUG” maker’s signature and address. Excellent bore with sharp rifling and a very fine touch-hole. The lock with sharp contours, extremely fine engravings and its original mechanics: double set-type trigger in functional order. An extremely well-preserved example of a Signed late 17th century German Wheelock Hunting/Jaeger Rifle, ca. 1690. Overall length, 43 1/4".

Price: $16,875.00


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