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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: $12,775.00


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 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 & 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 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: $575.00


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: SOLD


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