|13th October 2009, 02:05 PM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
A Fine Styrian Combined Wheel and Matchlock Musket, Dated 1583
Provenance: The Graz Amory (Landeszeughaus). Only two other specimens of this type are preserved there today, one dated 1581, the other 1583. Both bear the same maker's mark as the gun in discussion: of Georg Lampl, Rottenmann near Graz, Styria, Austria.
This is the highest quality version of a military fireram, preserved in optimum original condition, The iron parts retaining most of their original blued surface, the butt trap (which was not a 'patchbox' in those times!) retaining two original cleaning accouterments, a scourer and a combined cleaner and screwdriver, both threaded for the iron finial of the ramrod.
The transverse iron lug in front of the lock is for stabilizing the heavy piece when put into the assigned slits of the musket rest for aiming (see detailed images of a musket rest attached).
The full stock is of pearwood, the sparce inlays are of engraved staghorn.
Overall length 137.5 cm, cal. 17 mm smoothbore, weight 6.8 kg.
It failed to sell at Hermann Historica, Munich, on Oct 8, 2009.
Last edited by Matchlock : 13th October 2009 at 02:21 PM.
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