British Museum

British Museum

Wheel-lock rifle; barrel polished and chased with scrolls at muzzle, the bore with 8-groove thread, inscribed; breech fluted and provided with fixed tubular back sight; cast openwork gilt metal lock plate with scrolls and masks; ramrod with etched metal tip; stock ornamented with carving of various scenes on all sides, including a male figure bearing a shield on the underside, as well as ornamental scrolls and wreaths, and inlaid with engraved bone plaques with scenes from life of David; the initials 'PO' engraved in the bone inlay on top of stock.The butt cap in the form of a high relief carved ivory head of a lion, the inlay for the eyes missing, the mouth holding a gilded metal ball forming the toe of the butt.

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  • Title: rifle~arquebus
  • Date Created: 1600/1600
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 130.00cm; Height: 4.50cm (barrel); Height: 18.00cm (total); Width: 8.00cm; Weight: 5397.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: chased; engraved; inlaid; polished; etched
  • Subject: bible
  • Registration number: WB.7
  • Production place: Made in Germany
  • Producer: Attributed to Opel, Peter
  • Material: metal; bone; wood
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm. Previous owner/ex-collection Spitzer, Fr