Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading rifle

Wheellock muzzle-loading rifle

Date

1631-1670

Object Number

XII.5476

Provenance

Formerly C17, purchased with other objects, 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House.

Physical Description

The lock is a wheellock with an internal dog spring. There are engraved finials on the mainspring, bridle and steel spring. There are areas of engraving on the pan cover and dog. The lock is held in place by 2 sidenails.


The stock is of German hunting, cheek stock, rifle design. The restored ramrod has an ivory tip. Set into the stock are several panels of bone or ivory that have been replaced. A plaque in the form of a unicorn is missing from the cheekrest. The fore-end has cracked and has been repaired and the front 4 3/8 in of the fore-end has been restored. There is a modern spanner in the butt-trap


The tapered octagonal barrel has a swamp muzzle and is held in place by 2 pins. There is a notch backsight and a brass blade foresight. There are 8 narrow rectangular grooves in the rifling

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of barrel: 29.625 in (752 mm), Length overall: 39.5 in (1003 mm), Weight: 7 lb 1 oz.

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.32 in

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places Europe