Pair of Wheellock Rifles Made for Emperor Leopold I (1640–1705)

Gunsmith Caspar Neireiter Bohemian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375

Because most rifles fired only one charge and then had to be reloaded, wealthy hunters often ordered matched sets of two or more guns that would allow them a quick second shot.
Leopold I (1640–1705) was Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary and King of Bohemia. He was a descendant of both the Austrian and Spanish branches of the powerful Habsburg dynasty.

Pair of Wheellock Rifles Made for Emperor Leopold I (1640–1705), Caspar Neireiter (Bohemian, Prague, recorded 1667–ca. 1730), Steel, silver, wood (walnut), Bohemian, Prague

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