A German 28 Bore Wheelock Holster or Belt Pistol (Puffer), Nuremburg, late 16th century. With swamped two stage barrel, 33cm, overall length 54cm. The octagonal breech struck on the top flat with barrelsmiths mark, a cockerel between IP. In a shield similar to Stockel 3530/4, and with Nuremburg mark. Plain tang (repaired), flat lock struck with a spur mark of Hans Stoppler (Neue Stockel 1056/8), and with enclosed wheel within a circular bracket. Foliate engraved pan shield with sprung manually operated pan cover with release button.
Chiselled cock operating on a chiselled spring on a pillar bridle secured by two screws and chiselled pivoting safety catch acting on a chiselled external spring, fruitwood full stock inlaid with white staghorn or bone engraved with scrolling foliage. With horn lined borders along the bottom with central lines of guilloche, and around the tang with foliated grotesque mask. Compressed ball pommel of slightly fluted octagonal section inlaid en suite and involving alternating masks, engraved with the arms of Saxony. Foliate engraved horn ramrod, pipe and fore end cap. Slender iron trigger guard, belt hook and later iron tipped ramrod.Provenance, Christies South Kensington, Private Sale, 25th June 2013, lot 251.
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