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Wheellock Rifle

Caspar Spät (German, Munich, ca. 1611–1691)
Stock maker:
Elias Becker (German, Augsburg, recorded 1633–74)
dated 1668
Munich and Augsburg
German, Munich and Augsburg
Steel, gold, wood (ebony), staghorn, bone
L. 30 9/16 in. (77.6 cm); L. of barrel 30 9/16 in. (77.6 cm); Cal. .55 in. (13.9 mm); Wt. 7 lb. 14 oz. (3572 g)
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The buttplate is inlaid with a griffin bearing a sword (the coat of arms of the Spät family), suggesting that this rifle was made for personal use by Caspar Spät or another family member.
Inscription: Inscribed on the barrel behind the leaf-sight: the date 1668 and the initials C S (Caspar Spät);

On the stock: the words EBEN and GUTH (verification of the wood as ebony and the quality mark "good").

Marking: On the barrel, and the stock near the lock-plate: the fir cone mark of Augsburg.

On the butt plate: the arms of the members of the Spät family (a griffin holding a sword in its claws).
Ex. coll.: Prince Rudolf von und zu Liechtenstein, Schloss Mährisch-Kromau, Moravia (inv. no. 488); Liechtenstein "Garden Palace", Vienna; Vaduz.
Dresden. Historischen Museums, Dresden, Johanneum. "Historische Ausstellung für Jadg– und Schützenwesen," June 1–9, 1902, no. 261.

Peterson, Harold L. The Treasury of the Gun. New York: Golden Press, 1962. pp. 66-67, fig. 1 (ill. our gun).

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