Tschinki (Wheel-Lock Hunting Rifle)

Tschinki (Wheel-Lock Hunting Rifle)

c. 1630–50

Steel with traces gilding; walnut stock inlaid with bone, stag horn, mother-of-pearl

Overall: 122.9 cm (48 3/8 in.); Butt: 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.); Barrel: 94.9 cm (37 3/8 in.); Bore: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Weight: 2.94 kg (6.48 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1782

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At over four feet long, this rifle's scale is only outdone by the fine details of the gilding and inlaid precious materials. This weapon is known for the region in which it was made and popularized.


This type of hunting gun owes its name to the town of Teschen in Silesia (now southern Poland) which, as early as 1580, was already associated with a particular type of gun. The precise date of the invention of the Tschinke is unknown, though a dated example of 1610 survives in the Imperial Armouries in Vienna.

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