Wheel-Lock Hunting Rifle

Wheel-Lock Hunting Rifle


made by

Hans Schmidt

(Austrian, 1669)

Steel, varnished wood (walnut) stock decorated with inlaid silver wire and appliqués

Overall: 110.2 cm (43 3/8 in.); Butt: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.); Barrel: 83.2 cm (32 3/4 in.); Bore: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Weight: 3.68 kg (8.11 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis R. Schilling 1959.127

Did you know?

A similar rifle made for another member of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Graf Sigmund von Dietrichstein, is preserved in Vienna.


The barrel of this hunting piece is marked with the letters "GS" within a shield, the likely initials of the owner, who was probably a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece as indicated by the escutcheon on the stock.

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