An Austrian 28 Bore (.550) Wheellock Sporting Rifle by Casper Zelner. With swamped octagonal leaf sighted barrel, rifled with seven spiral grooves, signed along the border engraved top flat at the breech, struck with makers gold lined oval (Stockel 1203), and chiselled with a line of beadwork at the rear. Rear sight with chiselled foliate finial. Lightly engraved tang, signed flat lock with enclosed wheel, the plate engraved with a landscape scene inhabited by a fisherman, a kneeling rifleman and a swordsman, and two hounds attacking a wolf, and with two demons centred on the spindle, one armed with a club. In front of the pan engraved with a marine monster, and with sprung sliding cover. Cock pierced and engraved with a bear and hound, and a fence to the chiselled cock spring pierced and engraved with an otter, its tail in the mouth of a human mask. Moulded figured full stock with fluted fore end, butt with cheekpiece, the latter with fluted horn and wood along the bottom and carved with foliage in front. Florate shaped dark horn sidenail washers and buttplate, the latter with iron button. Fluted patchbox cover of figured wood and dark white horn, iron triggerguard indented for the fingers. Set trigger, horn ramrod pipes and fore end cap, the latter with lines of white horn at the rear and ramrod with dark horn tip. Barrel length 87cm, overall length 117cm.
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