Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 105: 17th Century Military Wheellock Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Very Scarce 17th Century "Paddle Butt" Military Wheellock Saddle Ring Carbine

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

Very Scarce 17th Century "Paddle Butt" Military Wheellock Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: German
Model: Wheellock
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 60
Barrel: 26 3/4 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 649
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 65
Class: Antique

George Moller noted this as a military wheellock carbine from Suhl circa 1660. He has a similar carbine on page 91 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Vol. 1." The smoothbore barrel has blade and notch sights, and three marks on the left at the breech including the Suhl "SVL" marking. "XXXXIII" is marked on the bottom of the barrel and inside the lock mortise. A saddle ring bar is secured on the left by the rear lock screw and a screw through the rear of the forend. The lock has an unclear mark that includes an "S" between the wheel and dog. The stock has a thin sheet iron forend band and single ramrod ferrule and a narrow "paddle butt" with sheet iron plate. A spanner/combination tool is included. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with mostly silver-gray patina on the metal along with some patches of brown patina and minor pitting. Some of the hardware is replaced. The refinished stock is fair and has multiple cracks and repairs visible overall and some mild scratches and dings. Mechanically untested.

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