Wheel-lock mechanism, C. Öfner

Wheel-lock mechanism, C. Öfner

Wheel-lock mechanism
Innsbruck
1700-1730
Chiselled steel
Signed by the gunsmith C. Öfner
Museum no. M.540-1924
Given by Mr S.J. Whawell

This is the mechanism that once enabled a gun to fire. Often finely decorated, wheel-locks were collected by aristocrats as both works of art and technical devices that could be taken apart. This example has been delicately chiselled with scenes of hunters in contemporary clothing. The illustration is an adaptation of hunting prints produced over the preceding 150 years.