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Lot 395: J. Adam Kuchenreuter Hammer Double Rifle

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Exhibition Quality Game Panel Scene Engraved, Gold Inlaid, and Relief Carved J. Adam Kuchenreuter Hammer Double Rifle

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

Exhibition Quality Game Panel Scene Engraved, Gold Inlaid, and Relief Carved J. Adam Kuchenreuter Hammer Double Rifle

Manufacturer: German
Model: Double Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 11 mm
Barrel: 25 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/gold/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 337
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 242
Class: Antique
Description:

The Kuchenreuter family has a long tradition of gunmaking and were gunmakers for the Bavarian court and the princes of Thurn and Taxis. This early centerfire double rifle features a nickel-silver blade front sight on a ramped base, notch rear sight, "I. ADAM KUCHENREUTER IN REGENSBURG" in an oval around the sunken golden Kuchenreuter maker's mark, "GUSSSTAHL" in gold inlay along with two gold bands at the breech, a flip up rear peep sight in the upper tang, classic Germanic scroll engraving, panel scenes of deer along with a boar and fox, double triggers (each single set), relief carved scrollwork on the forend, checkering with scroll borders on the wrist, an ornate scrolling grip extension, horn underlever, large cheek rest, and relief floral scroll carving behind the cheek rest.

Rating Definition:

Fine with bright original gold, 40% thin original blue finish fading to smooth plum brown patina along the barrels, mostly silver-gray patina on the other metal, crisp engraving, and mild overall wear including some minor oxidation. The underlever and grip extension have some small flakes absent and thin cracks. The wood is also fine and has cracks under the locks and in the wrist, crisp carving, and mild dings and scratches. The right trigger needs some adjustments; otherwise, the rifle is mechanically excellent.



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