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Old 2nd May 2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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Default Need help in dating my German Hunting Arquebus

Hello Guys,

Please, can anyone (Super Michael ?) help me in dating more accurately my German hunting arquebus ?
I think it should be turn of 17th-18th century... perhaps 1720..

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Important: The manufacturer was 'DŁnewald A Dresde'. Also marked on barrel.

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Old 2nd May 2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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Hi Jean-Marc,

Eighteenth c. hunting guns are not my main topic but I will have a try at this.


This is a wheellock hunting rifle of common type which actually continued being made almost unchanged for quite some time. The earliest possible date I would assign to your gun is ca. 1720-30, based on the style of the lock engraving.

Georg Friedrich DŁnnewald is recorded working from 1742-60. Though actually residing in Friedrichstadt, Saxony, Eastern Germany, he is known to have signed his works 'a Dresde(n)' although he failed to join the Dresden guild.

Thus, we should date your rifle to the mid-18th century.


Best, and have fun with your nice rifle,
Michael

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Thanks Super Michael !
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