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Wheel-lock rifle

Artist or maker:
Unknown
Date:
c 1625-c 1675
Place of production:
Cieszyn, Poland
Silesia
Medium:
metal, iron, copper, wood, horn, mother-of-pearl
Type of object:
rifles (long guns)
Accession number:
3451

Commentary

The characteristic dog-leg shaped stock identifies this weapon as a hunting rifle, designed to shoot at sitting birds. There are several examples in the Waddesdon Armoury, all with similar decoration, making a striking ensemble. For more on this type of gun see acc. no. 5175.

Phillippa Plock, 2016

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
1169 (length); 895 (barrel) 10 (calibre); 863 (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; pp. 287-88, cat. no. 111, ill.

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