Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle - By Tschinke

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle - By Tschinke



Object Number



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. 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 acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton. Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. The collection was finally purchased, with the aid of the National Art-Collections Fund, for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death in 1942. 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

A slim octagonal barrel with an external mainspring that is lightly decorated with punched scrollwork. The wooden stock has a cheek-piece of typical Tschinke form, and it is inlaid in stag-horn with monsters, animals as well as scrollwork and dots. There are also circular inlays of mother-of-pearl


BarrelLength870 mm


Serial Number None visible


.360 in

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible


Places Silesia