Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle

Date

1700

Object Number

XII.1082

Provenance

Transferred from the Rotunda Museum, Woolwich 1927. Originally presented to the Rotunda by Mr. John Latham in 1866. By tradition, once the property of the Emperor Napoleon I. Presented by the Officers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, Rotunda museum.

Physical Description

A fine quality sporting rifle with an octagonal barrel engraved with foliage at the breech and muzzle. It has the name of the maker IOHANN NEYREITER IN SALB marked on the top flat of the barrel and his maker's mark is also stamped on the barrel. The lock has an internal wheel which is chiselled and engraved with a hunting scene and is inscribed IOH.NEYREITER IN SALZBURG. The wooden stock has a cheek-piece in the German style, decorated with fine scrollwork that is inlaid in ivory. The butt-trap cover, ramrod pipes and fore-end cap are of dark horn that is inlaid with fine ivory lines

Dimensions

BarrelLength770mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.560 in

Inscriptions and Marks

IOHANN NEYREITER IN SALB/IN SALZBURG. Mark: Mounted man on rearing horse within a circle, I.N above

Associations

Places Austria

Notes

By tradition the rifle was once the property of the Emperor Napoleon I.