An antique 31 bore German wheel lock sporting rifle. The stock has makers initials MS and finally inlaid with hunting subject after Jan van der Straat, circa 1590-1600. With octagonal sighted barrel swamped at the muzzle with 6 grooves, 86cm. Overall length, 114cm. The breech is cut with conjoined letters HB flat loco struck with a shield shaped mark, a pair of crossed pistols with three clusters of ball similar to Neue Stockel 5733 and fitted with rear bracket pierced with a chamfered heart shaped ring and a sliding pan cover with button release. Fruitwood full stock, profusely decorated over its entire length with engraved horn plaques. Formed as a series of hunting subjects involving figures in contemporary dress both mounted and on foot. Including a continuous woodland frieze inhabited by hares, boar, deer and foxes all pursued by hounds along the length of the forend on both sides. The scene on the right hand side also involves a camel and that on the left expanded in the lock revealing a horseman killing a boar.
The butt is decorated over its full length of the underside with a series of pierced rollwerk plaques involving grotesque masks and dogs heads. The pierced figures of a huntsman and a falconer. Birds of prey and a vignette involving a hare and a galloping stallion. The upper surfaces of the butt are decorated with a hunting freizes continued in two panels, one involving a lion and a bear inlaid with an elaborate bear hunting scene over the cheek piece. A pair of game bird plaques inlaid about the barrel tang and enclosing a smaller plaque engraved with the stock makers initial MS patch box cover veneered in horn. Entire inlaid scheme is arranged with horned segmental lines fitted with iron trigger guard, horn plaque over the ramrod and this together with a horn ramrod pipe and a fore end cap engraved with scrollwork patterns ensuite with the plaques at the rear borders. The butt plate undecorated.
The Inlaid hunting subjects are closely inspired by the engraving of the Flemish artist Yan Van De Straat entitled Stradanus and dated1523-1605. The horses, hounds and other animals conspicuously so. While none of the inlaid scenes are taken directly from the engraving it is none the less clear that the stock maker has adopted some of the original scenes and many of the individual engraved subjects to suit his purposes. The beast hunting scene on the cheek piece for example draws on a engraved scene involving the variety of notably exoctic beasts e.g. lions etc. After 1567 Van De Straat executed a series of hunting themed designs for tapestry intended for the Villa Poggio A Caiano of Cosimo, 1st Grand Duke of Tuscany. Engravings of these were published circa 1574-76. Two further series of his hunting engravings, 44-61, were first published in 1578 with subsequent editions widely circulated.
If you are thinking about selling antiques but dont know where to get the best price, start by getting in touch with Henry Krank.
Delivery & Returns
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO DELIVER THIS ITEM?
Delivery of this item to a UK mainland address is £4.00.
If you add other items to your order the delivery charge will remain at £4.00 (some exclusions apply, including explosive items and gun cabinets).
HOW QUICKLY WILL MY ORDER ARRIVE?
Our aim is to dispatch all orders placed before 13.00pm on the same day. Any orders placed after that time will be dispatched on the next working day. For UK deliveries, you should receive your item 2-3 working days after placing your order.
We will send you a notification email when your order has been dispatched.
We always try our best to dispatch every order following the above guidelines, however during extremely busy periods, dispatch times may increase by up to one day. We will keep you updated on the status of your order via email.
HOW CAN I TRACK THE STATUS OF MY ORDER?
You will receive an email to confirm we have received your order. You will also receive an email to let you know when your order has been dispatched.
In your dispatch confirmation email we will include any relevant tracking numbers, allowing you to track your parcel on the carrier's website.
WILL I NEED TO SIGN FOR MY ORDER?
Depending on the service we use to send your order, someone may need to sign for your order. If your order is dispatched by Parcel Force or Tuffnells, then a signature will be required. Your dispatch confirmation email will confirm which carrier has been used.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY ORDER ARRIVES DAMAGED?
If any item you receive from us arrives damaged, please contact us on 01132 569 163 / 01132 565 167 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible . We will then advise you on the best course of action. In most cases we will ask you to return the item to us for an exchange or refund.
WHAT IF I WANT TO RETURN AN ITEM?
Please click here to read our returns policy.
I LIVE OVERSEAS, HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO DELIVER THIS ITEM?
Please note only orders for UK delivery may be placed online. We are able to ship some items overseas. If you are an overseas customer please contact us on 01132 569 163 / 01132 565 167 or email us at email@example.com with a list of items you are interested in, include your name and full address so that we may calculate a delivery charge for you.