Join Date: Jan 2007
Lovely, lovely pictures Marcus.
They all seem say late 17th c, or very early 18th.
For what it is worth, the very endearing caricature head on the buttplate and guard were only used in England from about 1665 to 1690, with a very rare exception used later. How this compares with Continental taste I do not know.
I have seen nothing like this caricature in George Shumway's "Jaeger" book, that has smoothbores as well as rifled arms.
Congratulations on such a fine piece!