A German Wheel-Lock Carbine, c. 1580 - 90

2897 14

Item ref: 2897

  • Germany, Nuremberg
  • Steel, fruitwood, staghorn
  • Length 99.5 cm / 30.1 in


Baron Armand van Zuylen (1838-96); sold Sotheby’s, Fine Continental Firearms Arms and Armour from the Collection of Baron Armand van Zuylen, 1st April 1980, lot 82

L’Art Ancien à l’Exposition Nationale Belge, Brussels, 1883
Exposition d’Armes, Château de Laerne, 1968

An arresting theme inlaid over the stock of this gun is a frieze-like series of hunting scenes after the designer and engraver Virgil Solis of Nuremberg (circa 1530-62). They show a stag-hunt involving a mounted huntsman, armed with a sword, charging down a stag beset by his hounds. A number of comparable original engraving by Solis, both of huntsmen in mid-16th century dress and of narrow friezes of smaller-scale huntsmen, hounds and game animals are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.