Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1249: 17th Century Dutch 16-Bore Wheellock Carbine

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Documented 17th Century Dutch 16-Bore Wheellock Carbine formerly in the Famous Henk L. Visser Collection

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Documented 17th Century Dutch 16-Bore Wheellock Carbine formerly in the Famous Henk L. Visser Collection

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Wheel Lock
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 16
Barrel: 27 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 672
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 198
Class: Antique
Description:

This gun is featured in "The Visser Collection" Vol. 1, Part 4, as no. 769 on pages 218 and 219. The tapered smoothbore barrel has a brass blade front sight, iron notch rear sight, plain tang, and an "AI" mark on the underside. The barrel marking is that of barrel maker Abraham Janson Coster of Utrecht around 1642-1665. The convex lock is secured by three screws and has an external wheel, automatic pan cover, and the screws coming from the inside. The iron furniture, including the ramrod tip, are engraved with floral scroll patterns and gilded. The rosewood stock is smooth and has a graceful profile. There is a "67" armory mark just behind the trigger guard, and an "HV1231" collection mark in white is at the toe. Provenance: The H.L. Visser Collection; Property of a Gentleman

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel and lock display mostly silver-gray patina while the furniture retains a mix of original gilding and dark patina. The lock is not fitting flush. The refinished stock is good and has a spliced toe section, some cracks and repairs, a chip at the nose of the lock, glossy surfaces throughout, and light scratches. Lock not tested. This is an attractive 17th century Dutch wheellock carbine.



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