Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle - By Tschinke

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle - By Tschinke



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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

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




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.360 in

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Places Silesia