Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading rifle - By Johann Christoph Waas

Wheellock muzzle-loading rifle - By Johann Christoph Waas

Date

about 1750

Object Number

XII.1863

Provenance

Purchased W. Renwick sale, Sotheby's 17 July 1972, lot 20.

Physical Description

Heavy octagonal barrel with seven grooves, signed JOHANN CHRISTOPH WASS IN BAMBERG. Engraved at the muzzle and over the breech end with rococo scrollwork, the figure of Diana at the breech. A double-leaf rear sight and blade foresight. The lock formed externally as a flintlock (without a steel). The cock holds the pyrites and also acts as a spanning lever, being first pulled back and then pushed forward to seat the pyrites on the wheel. The exterior of the lock is plate is deeply carved with hunting scenes within rococo scrolls and signed JOHANN CHRISTOPH WAAS IN BAMBERG; the cock carved as a dragon. Full walnut shoulders stock finely carved with rococo scrolls, the butt trap, ramrod pipe, and muzzle with horn mounts, engraved iron mounts.The ultimate development of the wheellock; a self spanning lock, looking like a flintlock, which made the key redundant.

Techniques

Handmade

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength33.75 in.
BarrelLength858 mm
OverallLength49.25 in.
OverallLength1251 mm
OverallWeight6.4 kg
OverallWeight14.12 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible visible

Calibre

17 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker
JOHANN CHRISTOPH WAAS IN BAMBERG
Heavy Octagonal Barrel
Engraving
Maker
JOHANN CHRISTOPH WAAS IN BAMBERG
Lock plate
Engraving

Bibliographic References

Graeme Rimer, Wheellock Firearms of the Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 2001. p.34, colour ill.

Notes

Johann Wass from Steinach in Franconia was apprenticed in Vienna in 1711. He established his business in Bamberg but later worked in Vienna.