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1670-1680 Bohemian Wheellock rifles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - From the curators' comments: "Because most rifles fired only one charge and then had to be reloaded, wealthy hunters often ordered matched sets of two or more guns that would allow them a quick second shot. Leopold I (1640–1705) [who owned these guns] was Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary and King of Bohemia. He was a descendant of both the Austrian and Spanish branches of the powerful Habsburg dynasty."

Because most rifles fired only one charge and then had to be reloaded, wealthy hunters often ordered matched sets of two or more guns that would allow them a quick second shot.Leopold I was Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary and King of Bohemia

Brunswick Wheellock Ball Butt Pistol BELT PISTOL. Cal. 7-38”

Brunswick Wheellock Ball Butt Pistol BELT PISTOL. Cal. 7-38”

1680-1690 German Wheellock rifle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - From the curators' comments: "[The gunmaker] specialized in decorating gunstocks in intricately carved walnut inlaid with panels of ivory worked in relief depicting hunting subjects and allegorical figures. Firearms with such luxurious decoration presumably were valued more for their artistic virtuosity than for their practical use as sporting arms."

1680-1690 German Wheellock rifle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - From the curators' comments: "[The gunmaker] specialized in decorating gunstocks in intricately carved walnut inlaid with panels of ivory worked in relief depicting hunting subjects and allegorical figures. Firearms with such luxurious decoration presumably were valued more for their artistic virtuosity than for their practical use as sporting arms."