Peter Finer

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A Rare German Wheel-Lock Hand Mortar, c. 1620-40

Item Ref: 2573 Price on application

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Germany. Bronze, wood, brass.

Provenance

Private collection, England

The maker's mark on the inside of the lock-plate appears on a lock of German type fitted to a gun at Skokloster (inv. no. 6306). 

DESCRIPTION
With heavy multi-staged bronze barrel with mouldings in relief at the pronounced muzzle and recessed breech, short plain tang, Italian shaped flat lock stamped with a Nuremberg mark on the rounded tail and with scrolled wheel retaining bracket, pan with manually operated cover acting against a blued spring on the inside, pierced cock engraved as a scaled monster, working on a chiselled spring with baluster terminal and both retained by a baluster bracket, and sprung button safety-catch with bracket en suite, the inside of the plate struck with Brescian locksmith's mark (Neue Støckel 7979), fruitwood full stock inlaid with panels of brass wire scroll-work, those around the tang and opposite the lock enriched with brass dots, rounded fishtail butt (minor split at tail of lock) en suite and with pinned brass straps around the pommel, faceted fore-stock inlaid with two staghorn rectangles along the bottom, brass quatrefoil side-nail washers, brass fore-end cap, iron trigger-guard retained by a screw also securing the tang,  bone barrel retaining pins, and in original untouched condition.

Size: Overall length 61 cm / 24 in, Barrel length 35 cm / 13.8 in