Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle



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

The rifle has a heavy,octagonal barrel decorated with small circles, crosses and stars executed with a punch. An undecipherable mark is stamped on the left side of the breech. It has a blued finish, which is probably not contemporary.The lock has an internal wheel and the lock plate is embossed to form a wheel-casing pierced with trefoil-shaped openings. The cocking lever and flash-guard have acorn-shaped finials. The stock is of a light-colured wood with a cheek piece, and is decorated with inlays of engraved stag-horn and small carved panels. The butt-trap cover is engraved with foliage and a stag, and the cheek piece.is engraved with the date. The rifle has a hair-trigger


BarrelLength826 mm


Serial Number None visible


.680 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Barrel; Christian Reich In Osterwick 1668


Places Germany