Sussex Saleroom: 31st, 1st, Thursday 2nd April 2020
A very rare German seven-barrelled flintlock volley rifle by Valtin (Valentin) Muth, Zerbst, circa 1680, With a static circular arrangement of hexagonal 13mm calibre barrels fitted with treaded trunnions beneath, each barrel with hexagonal bore additionally cut with six grooves, each with a laterally plugged breech formed with a touch-hole and a channel for priming powder, and each plug fitting into a corresponding aperture in a circular plate, the latter in turn slotted into the action face and signed on the top within an encircling engraved band of imbricated leaf ornament, with engraved action tang, lightly rounded lock engraved with scrolling foliage, robust walnut butt with raised mouldings, iron solid side-plate engraved with foliage en suite with the lock, plain iron butt-plate and trigger-guard, and wooden ramrod carried by a pair of iron pipes on the left-hand side of the barrel group. On a 19th century wooden rampart carriage constructed in the 17th century fashion, painted russet red with black bands, with adjustable elevating quoin, a pair of small trucks, and iron mounts. Barrels 71cm, overall length 115cm. Illustrated.