Apr 24, 2020

Wheel-Lock from a Hunting Rifle

Wheel-Lock from a Hunting Rifle

c. 1660–1720

Steel, inlaid with gold design of Habsburg eagle, pierced and chiseled

Support: Steel inlaid with gold, Hapsburg double eagle

Overall: 30.7 x 17.2 cm (12 1/16 x 6 3/4 in.)

Weight: 1.44 kg (3.17 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1546


Did you know?

Invented in the early 1500s, the wheel-lock was a new type of ignition system, the first to be self igniting.


Originally part of a deluxe weapon, the lock plate's entire surface is inlaid with an exquisite floral pattern in gold. Carefully chiseled, the fanciful hammer takes the form of an animal head crowned by a mass of foliage. The double eagle on the wheel plate suggests the weapon was made for a member of the Habsburg family.

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