Christoph Wilhelm Freund
PERCUSSION TARGET RIFLE – Fürstenau about 1780
High quality percussion target rifle from Fürstenau about 1780. Heavy, rifled, forged octagonal barrel with blued sights mounted in dovetails, bands of fishbone pattern both at the muzzle and at the barrel’s base, florally engraved barrel screw blade. Flat lock, modified from flint to percussion around 1840, with large piston base in form of a clam, signed W. FREUND (Christoph Wilhelm Freund, Fürstenau, around 1780), with floral engravings and adjustable German strecher.
Full walnut stock with fine fishbone pattern, beautiful wood grain, high-grade carving, finely profiled – chequered grip and fore-end, ornamental brass inlays including thumb plate, lower side of butt carved as a swan’s head.
Trigger guard made of dark polished horn with brass inlay, three iron barrel fixings and ramrod tube, wooden ramrod with brass top.
High-grade workmanship and perfect condition target rifle. Length 131 cm, cal. 18 mm rifled.
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