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Fine Wheelock Sporting Rifle

Item noM1639

The nicely formed cylindrical barrel of 30 ½ inches, is rifled to 70 caliber. Sighting channel, brass fore-sight and vacant rear sight dovetail. Flat lockplate, with external wheel within pierced steel bridle. Ivory and mother of pearl incised inlay over Fruitwood stock. The tip of the rifle is made of horn. Hunting scene is inlayed on butt of rifle where a dog chases a bird. Lockplate engraved with repeated motifs of animals such as, dogs, rabbits and birds. On the reverse side of the butt there is a deer inlayed in ivory. Oval ivory is inlaid with bore and wolf as well as other animals engraved. End of stock inlaid with engraved bone.
Europe, probably German, 17th/18th century
Length: 44 1/2” (113 cm)