A .700 CALIBRE AUSTRIAN FLINTLOCK RIFLE BY IOH QUALEC IN WIENN, DATED 1720
with fine sighted barrel rifled with seven grooves, the muzzle finely chiselled as a gaping monsterhead, the octagonal forward section signed and dated, tapering breech chiselled with a trellis design of foliage on a punched ground and fitted with a pair of low standing back-sights, tang engraved with a mask, bevelled lock chiselled with trophies-of-arms and scrolls on a punched ground, fitted with bevelled lock decorated with further scrolls, finely carved full stock moulded over the fore-end, decorated with scrolling foliage and scalloped designs behind the rear ramrod-pipe, ahead of the trigger-guard and about the tang, the butt carved en suite, with raised cheek-piece inlaid with an engraved star in contrasting panels of horn and bone, the rear portion carved with a trophy and scrolls, the latter issuant from a scaly dragon, the right fitted with matching carved sliding patchbox-cover, brass mounts comprising openwork side-plate decorated with scrolls, foliage, a monsterhead and a female profile, butt-plate decorated with a classical warrior beneath a canopy on the tang, escutcheon decorated with Diana the huntress, trigger-guard with elaborate scrollwork terminal and a mounted classical figure on the bow, rear ramrod-pipe en suite with the trigger-guard, two further faceted ramrod-pipes, and horn fore-end cap (later ramrod)
90.0 cm; 35 1/2 in barrel
Johann Karl Qualleck of Vienna is recorded 19th April 1722. See Schedelmann 1944, p. 52.
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