A HIGHLY DECORATED WHEELLOCK ARQUEBUS FROM THE PERIOD OF EMPEROR LEOPOLD, LATE 17TH CENTURY
Hammer price 8.000 EUR
Origin: Austrian Empire, 1700, emperor Leopold I armory.
A highly ornamented wheel lock with double-headed Austrian eagle, floral and zoomorphic motifs. Dog in shape of bird (Phoenix?) and head of dragon swallowing another dragon. Wooden stock carved with hunting scenes. Wooden handguard with bone inlays. Octagonal barrel.
Leopold I, (born June 9, 1640, Vienna—died May 5, 1705, Vienna) Holy Roman emperor during whose lengthy reign (1658–1705) Austria emerged from a series of struggles with the Turks and the French to become a great European power, in which monarchical absolutism and administrative centralism gained ascendancy.
Length 112 cm.
Condition report: good overall condition with amount of wear according to the age. Wood under the barrel of the later date, well done reconstruction, connection place shown on pictures.
Provenance: Czerny’s auction house, later in private collection.