Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1374: Ornate Engraved and Inlaid Wheellock Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Ornate Engraved and Inlaid Wheellock Rifle with Carl Ofner Lock

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Ornate Engraved and Inlaid Wheellock Rifle with Carl Ofner Lock

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Wheellock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 32 inch octagon
Finish: bright
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 389
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 177
Class: Antique

This rifle was most likely assembled and embellished in the Victorian era, possibly by artisans working for Frederic Spitzer. The original lock is signed "CARL/OFNER" ahead of the pan. Johan Carl Ofner was active in the early 18th century. It is engraved with a scene of a mounted European knight raiding an Ottoman camp and chasing an Ottoman cavalryman. The dog includes a dog/wolf head design and another Ottoman cavalryman. The plate on the dog spring has a best igniting a cannon. The barrel has "ABRAHAM. DELLEMAIR. 16.92." spuriously marked on top and blade and notch sights. The stock has extensive staghorn/bone inlays in a variety of classical designs and a coat of arms on the left side.

Rating Definition:

Fair overall as assembled with gray and brown patina on the lock and barrel, distinct lock engraving, some mild pitting, replacement forend cap, some chips on the forend, repaired ramrod entry pipe, absent trigger guard, crack through the breech section of the stock, and loose barrel with absent tang screw.

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