Matchlock Arquebuss

.80 caliber, 46.75" barrel, no S/N. A rare fishtail butt, military match lock, with elaborate period carving. Extremely long barrel. The fishtail butt is the most desirable and classic of all early 17th century military match locks. The long large caliber barrel is octagonal at the breach changing to round at the rear site. The stock appears to be of oak and is elaborately carved at butt with foliage, a helmeted head, and further carving at tang. Incised carving at borders of stock, typical iron buttplate. Triggerguard has been attached during the period to further enhance the utility of the sear mechanism and prevent accidental lowering of the hammer.


The flat lock plate operates with a tiller and though unmarked appears to be original and in very fine condition for its age. Condition of the lock is very good for its period. Barrel has been polished throughout its length and shows great age and fairly deep pits, especially on the right side (approximately 11" forward of the rear site). The stock is generally in very good condition for its age, with losses on the forend and ramrod channel. The butt itself is quite crisp for an early 17th century musket.

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
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