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Triple-Barrel Revolving Flintlock Fowling Piece from the Gun Cabinet of the Princes of Liechtenstein

A work made of steel, brass, walnut, and horn.
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  • A work made of steel, brass, walnut, and horn.

Date:

c. 1650

Artist:

Gunsmith: Tilman Kevcks (German)

About this artwork

When hunting fowl in flight, it was difficult to aim fast enough to get another shot with a second gun. This early flintlock fowling piece was designed to solve this problem. To get a quick second shot, and even a third, the hunter reset the cock, withdrew the lever in front of the trigger to release the barrels, manually rotated to the next charged barrel, and pulled the trigger again.

Triple-barrel guns are exceptionally rare, as the weight typically rendered them too cumbersome. This gun, however, with its fine craftsmanship and thin-walled barrels, is actually the lightest fowling piece in this case.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Tilman Keuks

Title

Triple-Barrel Revolving Flintlock Fowling Piece from the Gun Cabinet of the Princes of Liechtenstein

Place

Germany (Object made in)

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1640–1660

Medium

Steel, brass, walnut, and horn

Dimensions

L. 141.3 cm (55 5/8 in.) Barrel L. 101.4 cm (39 7/8 in.) Wt. 6 lb. 4 oz. Caliber .47

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2307

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