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Wheellock Rifle

Johann Michael Maucher (German, Schwäbisch Gmünd, 1645–1701)
ca. 1680–90
Schwäbisch Gmünd
German, Schwäbisch Gmünd
Steel, wood (cherry), ivory, mother-of-pearl
L. 41 5/8 in. (105.7 cm); L. of barrel 30 13/16 in. (78.3 cm); L. of lock 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm); Cal. .56 in. (14.2 mm); Wt. 7 lb. 11 oz. (3500 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Johann Michael Maucher was the most famous member of a Schwabian family of ivory, wood, and amber carvers. He specialized in decorating gunstocks in intricately carved walnut inlaid with panels of ivory worked in relief depicting hunting subjects and allegorical figures. Firearms with such luxurious decoration presumably were valued more for their artistic virtuosity than for their practical use as sporting arms.
Inscription: Inscribed on the ivory plaque on the butt: Got mit uns (God with us).

Marking: Marked at the top of the butt: a monogram consisting of an M within another M.
Ex. coll.: Prince Johann von und zu Liechtenstein, Vaduz; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, Long Island, New York; Stephen V. Grancsay, New York.
Brno, Czech Republic. Mährisches Landesmuseum. "Austellung von Waffen, Kriegs- und Jagd-Geräthen," September 15–December 27, 1885, pl. XIII.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor," August 3, 1931–September 27, 1931.

Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916.

Anonymous. Sale of European arms and armor. American Art Galleries, New York, 1926.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 45, 64 ill.

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