Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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percussion cap rifle
  • Germany
  • percussion cap rifle, early 1800s–1946
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • wood, steel, horn?,carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 21 x 6.5 x 119 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 8 1/4 x 2 9/16 x 46 7/8 in
  • Gift of Walter Mechsner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7121.a,b

The wooden rifle (2007.7121.a) has an octagonal metal barrel seated in a wooden base. The stock and wooden base appear to be a single piece of brown wood. The hammer is at the proximal end of the barrel in a dark grey metal. There is a sight slightly forward of it in the same metal. There is a trigger with a finger guard on the underside of the stock below the hammer, with a curling portion on the proximal end. The wooden area above the hand guard is decorated with incised cross hatching. The back end of the stock is slightly concave with a metal covering. All the metal pieces have a curlicue or floral pattern incised at some portion of it. There is horn inlay at the distal end of the base below the barrel.

There is a wooden tamping rod (2007.7121.b) in a lighter wood on the underside of the base, through three short metal tubes.