Founded in 1998, PAUL M. AMBROSE ANTIQUES specializes in the sale of high quality, original European and American, Antique Guns, Antique firearms and Antique weapons. Created with the customer in mind, it is our duty to provide the customer with the honesty and integrity he deserves. Too often, in today's business world, this is not always the practice. I have been an avid collector of antiques, particularly firearms, for more than twenty-five years; and like all collectors, I expect my purchases to be accurately described and fairly priced. I believe that my business is a reflection of this commitment and I'm sure you will too.

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A VERY FINE & RARE EARLY-18th CENTURY GERMAN RESERVOIR BUTT MULTI-FIRING "FLINTLOCK" JAEGER AIR-RIFLE, by “WENTZLAU OF EHRENBREITSTEIN”, Dtd. 1754: In overall very fine untouched original condition with a finely relief & incised carved fullstock with richly embellished brass mounts of classic German baroque-rococo style. The sighted, octagonal 31", iron, smoothbore, .43 caliber barrel with an iron rear sight with a chiseled base and a silver blade-type fore-sight. Choice, relief carved, European Burl walnut fullstock with classic, mid-18th Century, German baroque-rococo style, relief vine-scroll carvings around the barrel tang, the base of the forestock and on the buttstock. A raised cheek-piece, on the left side of the buttstock and the lock and sideplate mortises with raised teardrop carvings. The slender and delicate forestock with incised line-carvings for its length; and the fully etched and deeply embossed, brass furniture/mounts of traditional German Jaeger-rifle form. The trigger guard with its rear Finger-spur and fully embossed & engraved finials with acanthus leaf and vine-scroll accents. A finely, rococo vine-scroll-engraved sideplate with engraved Woodland Stag Hunting scene with Hounds, etc. Retains both of its iron sidebolts and its original air-valve-release/ball-advance screws. The buttplate-tang with a finely engraved Germanic Coat of Arms with an Eagle upper finial and a surrounding Stand of Arms (Should be researched). Three faceted brass ramrod pipes, engraved en suite. Flat & faceted, “False Flintlock” mechanism of mid-18th Century German form with deeply engraved iron surfaces and its original engraved gooseneck hammer, chiseled & faceted frizzen and teardrop finial frizzen-spring. The face of the lock signed with a "Wentzlau a’ Ehrenbreitstein/D.A.54" maker’s signature and 17(54) date for (Johannes Wennzlau who worked 1747-1784 and was the Gunsmith to the Graff (Count) von Hesse (Hessia, Germany). (Please see: E. Heer’s: “Der Neue Stockel”, vol. 2, pg. 1367). Air-Reservoir-type pneumatic mechanism, concealed within the buttstock and pumped by means of a separate device which is accessed, via a trapdoor, hidden in the center of the buttplate. {Enables the operator to have multiple shots with just a single pumping or spanning of the air-reservoir.} Smoothbore barrel with its original screw-retained muzzle-ring. In overall very fine untouched condition with light age-stains. The barrel with sharp contours, smooth gunmetal-gray surfaces and light scattered patches of discoloration/staining: retains 75%+ of its untouched finish. The lock with matching steel-gray surfaces, its original components and sharp rococo scroll chiseling & engraving. Very fine stock with nicely figured burl walnut grain-figure and carved acanthus leaf and vine-scroll accents of classic mid-18th Century German baroque-rococo style. Retains approx. 90%+ finish. Very fine with choice metal & wooden surfaces and only light handling marks. A very scarce & early Multi-Firing Air Rifle, dated 1754 which was designed to be concealed/appear, as a Flintlock Sporting Rifle. Complete with its horn tip wooden ramrod, en suite with the original Horn fore-end-cap. Overall length, 46". For a similar example, please see: Claude Blair’s: “European & American Arms 1100-1850”, plt. 526.

Price: $15,575.00

Paul M. Ambrose
929 White Plains Road, Suite #183
Trumbull, CT 06611
Phone/Fax (203) 452-9035