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Lot 3088: Germanic Wheellock Musket & Combination Spanner/Powder Measure

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Documented Germanic Wheellock Musket with Combination Spanner/Powder Measure

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Documented Germanic Wheellock Musket with Combination Spanner/Powder Measure

Manufacturer: German
Model: Wheellock
Type: Musket
Gauge: 74
Barrel: 48 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 63
Class: Antique

This massive musket is pictured and discussed on pages 39 and 40 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume I: Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms" by George Moller. He dates it to between the late 16th-century and the mid 17th-century and notes that the only markings are "AX" engraved inside the lock at the tail and a deep but illegible cartouche on the bottom of the barrel. It is 64 1/4 inches in overall length. The barrel has a bead sight on the cannon style muzzle, double bands at the transition point, a dovetailed notch rear sight with decorative finial, and lined border on the breech plug. The large lock has some simple scroll designs on the wheel. The iron trigger guard is a rougher version of the finger groove style used on German wheellock sporting rifles, and the full length stock has a sheet iron band at the muzzle and no side plate or buttplate. A spanner with an adjustable powder measure in the handle is included. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with silver-gray patina and mild pitting. The partially restored/conserved stock is fair and has mild insect damage, a dark finish, some repairs and filled holes, and some cracks and flakes. Mechanically untested. The spanner is good with dark patina and mild wear. Wheellocks were not widely used for military arms making muskets like this particularly rare and desirable.

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