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Lot 4788: A wall gun, second half 18th century
29 October 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Heavy, older Austrian, smooth barrel in 22.5 mm calibre, faceted at the breech, round after a girdle. Dovetailed iron front sight, one-leaf fixed rear sight, at the breech stamped crown/"L" (Emperor Leopold I., 1658 - 1705, see Wirtgen, Die preussischen Handfeuerwaffen 1700 - 1866, Tafelband, Tafel 97b). Flintlock after the pattern of the musket M 1723, the curved lock plate signed "POTZDAMMAGAZ" and "S&D", the top jaw and one lock screw recently replaced. Blackened full stock with iron furniture, iron ramrod. Iron parts patinated and partly pitted, stock knocked and with signs of age and use, trigger guard with old repair, several screws replaced, two screws missing. Length 167 cm. Comparable guns are in the collections of the Deutsches Historisches Muserum, Bayerisches Armeemuseum Ingolstadt an Wehrtechnische Sammlung Koblenz. See also Wirtgen, Die preussischen Handfeuerwaffen 1700 - 1866, Supplementband, S. 188ff. According to the consignor 90 wall guns were captured by Prussian troops during the Seven Year War and put as Wallbüchse M 1760 into Prussian service. Besides the wall guns in German collection there are eight more in Austrian museums.
Condition Report: II - III