This rifle is one of a number of Germanic jaeger rifles with barrels marked for Diego Esquibel of Madrid (c. 1694-1732) in the early 18th century. The barrel has a textured pattern, blade and notch sights, "Es Madrid" (upper left), "Anno 1719" (top), and "Es quibel". (upper right) inlaid in gold; gold filled sunken markings including a cross and floral designs, Esquibel's maker's mark, and a stag mark, and smooth patent breech. The lock has a relief engraved lioness at the rear and a scene of a dog and stag at the center along with scroll accents. The furniture is gilt brass. The wrist escutcheon has an unidentified family crest with three stars, mermaids holding a fleur-de-lis, and a knight's helm. A "3" is carved into the wood above the tail of the side plate and also marked on the mainspring. The side plate has a design of a Luna in a sleigh pulled by a pair of stags. The buttplate has a scene of a hunter and his dogs fighting a bear. The trigger guard has dogs subduing a large stag. There are also masks and scroll patterns on the furniture. The stock has raised relief scroll carving, a horn forend cap, and large cheek rest.
Good as reconverted to flintlock configuration (vent not fully drilled) with gray and brown patina along the barrel, most of the gold inlay remaining on the breech markings, traces of original gilt finish on the lock and furniture, and crisp designs and markings. Several small parts have been replaced. The refinished stock is good and has multiple cracks and repairs, mostly crisp carving, and some dents and scratches. Mechanically fine.
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