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A FINE MID 17TH CENTURY GERMAN WHEELOCK SPORTING CARBINE, ca. 1650: In overall fine+ condition with smooth surfaces, sharp contours and nicely engraved horn inlays at the sidebolts. Light colored fruitwood cheek-stock, of classic Germanic form, with a relief carved scroll on its left side and incised fluted rails, along the forestock. Mid 17th century, German, wheelock mechanism/lock, with an exposed wheel, a plain wheel-cover and a sculpted and pierced dog. Plain lockplate with smooth steel-gray surfaces and only some light surface staining: virtually no pitting. Deeply rifled, swamped, octagonal, 28 3/8", sighted, .67 caliber barrel with fine and untouched, gunmetal-gray surfaces: en suite with the lock. The border engraved breech with two clear and deeply struck maker's/City Control markings. One a control mark for the city of Pforzheim, in Baden, Germany and the other, a "G.S." within a Shield-type cartouche, is the maker's mark (Stockel No. 2318) for a recorded gunsmith, who made wheelock and flintlock Rifles, ca. 1660. (please see E. Heer's "Der Neue Stockel", vol. 2. pg. 1247). Fine stock with (85%) finish, sharp contours, some minor handling marks, wear and tight repaired hairlines on the forestock: the bottom edges of the comb's underside and the butt with several old expert repairs. Sliding wooden patchbox-cover with spring catch, original and functioning double-set triggers. Later (possibly working-life) plain wooden ramrod. The trigger-guard with finely sculpted finger-spurs, sharp contours and smooth steel surfaces. In overall fine untouched condition with smooth surfaces throughout. Very fine barrel and lock without pitting and nearly perfect markings. A very nice example of a small sized 17th century German Wheelock Hunting Carbine, ca. 1650. Overall length 39 1/4".

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: $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+ BRESCIAN WHEELOCK SPORTING RIFLE, ca. 1590-1610: In overall very good to near fine condition with smooth surfaces, sharp chiseling and fine quality steel mounts. Figured walnut fullstock of classic Brescian form with a sculpted and carved butt-stock. Late 16th- early 17th century, large, wheelock mechanism/lock, with an exposed wheel, a ring-type bridle and a turned and lightly chiseled dog -- of classic Italian form with a rectangular jaw and turned neck. Octagonal, 34", .56 caliber, pin-fastened, smoothbore barrel with some scattered pitting and sharp contours: sights removed. Brescian, shoulder-stock with much of its finish (65%), some minor handling marks and missing approx. 2" at the fore-end tip. Associated plain wooden ramrod. Fitted on its buttstock, around the barrel pins and under the sidebolts with all of its original chiseled steel mounts: retains its original saddle ring. Italian iron trigger-guard with a "spoon-type" bow, 45% original polish and sharp contours: pierced and chiseled trigger. In overall near fine condition with smooth surfaces throughout: some minor repairs to the stock and light scattered pitting/discoloration to the metal. Fine lock with all if its original components. Smooth barrel, lock and trigger-guard retain 45%+ polish overall. A very nice example of an early and authentic Brescian Italian Wheelock rifle, ca. 1590-1610. Overall length 48".

Price: SOLD


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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