An antique 100 bore Silesian wheellock birding rifle Tschinke. Circa 1630-50. Slender swamped octagonal sighted barrel rifled with 6 grooves, 99.6cm. Decorated with punched and engraved panels of foliage at both ends and at the medium. Tubular back sight, iron lock decorated ensuite with the barrel fitted with matching iron bridles over the mainspring and the dog spring, the former impaled by a button trigger. Ached iron wheel bracket. Sliding pan cover with button release and a dog engraved with scrolling leafy tendrils and both grotesque and demonic profile masks. Slender fruitwood full stock inlaid over its length with a series of horn engraved plaques involving ball flowers, resets and elongated symmetrical designs all framed by pairs of horned pellets. The butt is inlaid additionally with larger plaques including on repels rive sides a bird of prey and a goose caught by a fox. Each within a distinctive linear framework of scrolls on a ground of pellets. The entire inlay design is arranged within horn segment lines. Fitted with patch box cover, decorated en suite, iron trigger guard, engraved horn fore end cap, the barrel and the lock each with traces of original gilding. Overall length, 127cm.
A Tschinke with a closely related inlaid stock made within this period 1624-47 is preserved in the Veste Coburg Inv. Nr. IV E 150 also see Kruczek 2001 , Nr 125 P.115.
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