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German Officer’s Wheellock Paddlebutt Carbine, ca. 1640
Flat lock plate with beveled edges; external wheel secured in place with decorative bracket in the shape of a sea serpent; sliding pan cover. Trigger with sliding safety behind; a rare feature on an early firearm. Unmarked octagonal 26" barrel of approx. .75 caliber with front blade and rear notch sights. Walnut stock with flattened paddle-shaped butt, featuring decorative carved borders around barrel tang and in front of lock. Original ramrod with iron tip. Metal uncleaned and smooth, with some staining. Wood very good and sound, with minor worming and a small piece approx 1 1/4" long replaced beneath lock. This leaves a small gap between the wood and the lock, but the lock is the original. Showing minor dents and scuffs typical of field use, primarily on butt. Overall length 39 ˝". This type weapon was commonly carried by mounted officers during the Thirty Years War and English Civil War. Though unmarked, the style and workmanship appears to be from Suhl.
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