Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3152: Very Fine Pair of Wheel Lock Short Rifles w/ Carved Walnut Stock

Auction Date: September 11, 2016

Very Fine Pair of Wheel Lock Short Rifles with Carved Walnut Stocks Mounted with Horn by Georg Draussmiller, Munich, Dated 1698

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000

A) Draussmiller Rifle

Manufacturer: German
Model: Wheellock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 56
Barrel: 16 5/16 inch octagon
Finish: blued
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2022
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 80
Class: Antique
Description:

blued swamped octagonal barrels with rifled bores, the barrels mounted with single standing rear sights each with additional single folding leaves, ramp mounted fore sights, elegantly engraved “Georg Draussmiller in Munchen 1698,” the breeches struck with recessed gilt ovals bearing the maker’s mark "GD" above a bird (Stockel, p. 305, no. 250), the tangs of each barrel are inscribed "1" and "2", with well-figured walnut-stocks ornately carved overall with high-relief scrolls and set throughout with decorative horn mountings, the flat lock plates finished bright and extensively engraved with matching hunting scenes of two mounted riders, three dogs, and two deer, one hunter firing his pistol the bear resemblance to these guns, the cocks finely engraved with the semi-nude figures of mermaids (number 2 gun with decorated section of cock chipped) Georg Draussmiller (Der Neue Stockel, page 305) is believed to have come from Traunstein, Bavaria near Salzburg with a working career including his apprenticeship from about 1687 through about 1725. His work can be found in the collection of Bayerisches National museum in Munich were there resides a similar pair of short-rifles by Anton Hass with barrels by Draussmiller. Acquired by the consignor in 1994 having come through a private Swiss collection. Exhibition: These pistols formed part of the exhibition of the Collections of Robert M. Lee held at Sotheby’s , New York, June 2013

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel retains 85% thinned original blue finish. The stock is good with a small putty filled repair near the buttplate, a few cracks, and some minor handling marks. The longer replacement cock screw has dented the stock. A section of engraved metal on the cock is missing at the top. The patch box horn end cap is loose.



B) Draussmiller Rifle

Manufacturer: German
Model: Wheellock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 56
Barrel: 16 5/16
Finish: blued
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2022
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 81
Class: Antique
Description:

As discussed in A.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel retains 75% thinned original blue finish. The stock is also very fine with some minor handling marks. Provenance: Robert M. Lee Collection.



Customer Product Questions

There are currently no customer product questions on this lot