Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle



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From the Norton Hall Collection . Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund, 1942 Formally in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807 - 1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. The Norton Hall collection number was 155 and it was described as a 'gun'. This collection would appear to have been formed in the 1840's. Norton Hall was acquired by Beriah Botfield's grandfather (who died in 1801), Thomas Botfield, who acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton. Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. The collection was finally purchased for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death. The purchase was negotiated with Lady Weymouth who was acting as attorney for Lord Weymouth (who was away on active service), who was tenant-for-life of the property (the collection had been settled on Lord Weymouth for life).

Physical Description

The octagonal barrel is inscribed with the name of the maker Hans Stifter and the date 1671. It is also stamped with his mark. The lock has an internal wheel and th elockplate is engraved with a classical scene. The dog-head is in the shape of a classical figure, possibly Hercules. The wooden stock has a shoulder-butt and is lightly carved with foliage and on the butt-trap cover is a scallop with a shell motif. The rifle has gilt-brass mounts that are engraved with strapwork and foliage and the butt-plate in numbered. There is a hair triggger fitted




Serial Number none visible


.550 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Barrel: HANS STIFTER 1671 and maker's mark. Butt plate numbered 21. Breech mark: Rampant lion in a horseshoe with initials HS above


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