Johann Andreas Kuchenreuter (German, Regensburg, 1716–1795)
Steel, wood, bronze, gold, silver, horn
L. 16 3/4 in. (42.6 cm); L. of barrel 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); L. of lockplate 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); Cal. .56 in. (14.2 mm); Wt. 1 lb. 13 oz. (822 g)
Purchase, Bashford Dean Bequest, 1969
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Several generations of the Kuchenreuter family were highly successful gunsmiths whose patrons included the King of Bohemia, Napoleon, and the Tsar of Russia. Johann Andreas and his father Johann Jacob were among the most famous members of this gun-making dynasty.
Signature: Signed on the barrel, inlaid in silver: JOH. AND. KUCHENREUTER.