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Wheel-lock rifle

Artist or maker:
Unknown
Date:
c 1650
c 1820? {barrel}
Place of production:
Cieszyn, Poland
Silesia
Medium:
metal, brass, staghorn, mother-of-pearl, iron, wood and ivory
Type of object:
rifles (long guns)
Accession number:
3452

Commentary

Small-bore rifles associated with the Polish city of Cieszyn, were designed for shooting at sitting birds. There are several examples at Waddesdon (e.g. acc. no. 5175). The barrel on this gun appears to date from the early 19th century, when it seems the whole weapon was refurbished for use. However, it may be the original barrel with its bore enlarged, and a new breech and adjustable back-sight fitted.

Phillippa Plock, 2016

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
1194 (length); 921 (barrel); 15 (calibre); 934 (ramrod)

History

Provenance:
Probably acquired by Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.
Collection:
Waddesdon (National Trust)
Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957

Bibliography

Bibliography

Claude Blair, Anthony Blunt; The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Arms, Armour and Base-Metalwork; Fribourg; Office du Livre; 1974; p. 289, cat. no. 113

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