Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle - By Samuel Dopfer

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle - By Samuel Dopfer



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 full sum paid for the collection would appear to have been £2,650. 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 sporting rifle with a heavy octagonal barrel, stamped at the breech with a Strsbourg mark. The lock has an internal wheel and the lockplate is engraved with a wreath sourrounding the wheel spindle. It also depicts hounds pursuing a stag. The dog head is peirced and engraved with a flower. The stock is of light wood with a cheek piece that is inlaid with hunting scenes, and there is a falconer engraved by the lock screws. The edges of the fore end are indented. The breech strap is dated and initialled. The stag-horn butt trap cover is ebgraved with monkeys and a bear, and the rifle has a hair trigger.


BarrelLength782 mm
OverallLength782 mm


Serial Number None visible


.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Breech: Barrel forger's mark and makers mark, being that of Samuel Dopfer of Strasbourg. Breech strap: 1666 and initials SHA


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