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A VERY RARE MID-16th CENTURY GERMAN/ITALIAN LEVER-TRIGGER MILITARY MATCHLOCK ARQUEBUS/MUSKET, ca. 1550: Of Large-size & Heavy "Arquebus" form and the type of Early Matchlock Musket used with a Rest/Musket-Fork. In overall very good+ untouched condition with smooth and dark metal and wooden surfaces. Heavy, 46 1/2" smoothbore, .80 caliber, octagonal, pin-fastened, iron barrel with its original sculpted rear and fore-sight and an integrally forged, iron powder-pan with its original, manually rotated, pan-cover and matching powder-fence. The breech-top with an "R" maker's mark within a circular cartouche and is also, marked with a deeply struck, early style, Shield type (German) "City Control Marking" (Nuremburg?) within a shield. Molded and carved, black-colored (Ebonized), walnut/hardwood fullstock of Mid-16th century Musket design with a simply sculpted butt-stock and a carved & faceted forestock with an integrally carved ramrod channel. Retains very good wooden surfaces with 85%+ finish, sharp contours, minor old repairs, light scattered worming and expected handling-marks, and signs of use/light wear. The lock of early, 16th century, rectangular design with its forged and chiseled original serpentine with a chiseled base and deeply fluted head and its original jaw-screw. Flat rectangular lockplate secured by its two (2) original screws and the Lever-type trigger with a pointed chiseled finial. In overall very good+ untouched condition. The barrel with a smooth steel-gray age-patina and some light surfaces stains and patches of discoloration: a fine bore and touch-hole. The stock with very good wooden surfaces, 85%+ finish, sharp contours and some wear, handling marks and scattered hairlines. The lock, barrel, trigger and hardware with a matching, smooth gunmetal-gray patina overall. In mechanically functional order with a strong mainspring and fine timing: complete with its original components, including its iron-tip, wooden ramrod. A very rare example of an Authentic Mid-16th Century Lever-Trigger Military Matchlock Arquebus/Musket, ca. 1550. Overall length 61 1/2". (***A very similar example, believed to have been used at Plymouth, Mass, is in the Pilgrim Hall Collection and is pictured in Harold L. Peterson’s: “Arms and Armor in Colonial America 1526-1783”, on pg. 14 Plt. 12; and another nearly identical example is pictured on pg. 51 of "The Treasury of the Gun" also, by Peterson).