Superb Thuringian Wheel-Lock Puffer Dated 1579

With swamped two stage barrel with roped girdle and dated on the top flat of the octagonal breech, flat lock, flat wheel-cover with brass bezel engraved 
with three pairs of hands each clasping a heart, all on a punched ground, slotted pan-cover release button, engraved swiveling safety-catch, fruitwood
full stock profusely inlaid with scrollwork and pellets in engraved stag horn, inhabited by birds, squirrels, masks and foliage, the borders also of stag horn
engraved with scalework, scrolls and stylized foliage, iron trigger-guard, iron belt hook with pierced finial, engraved stag horn fore-end cap, and original 
ramrod with engraved stag horn tip, in very fine condition throughout.
The inlay on the stock can be attributed, on stylistic grounds, to Klaus Hurt of Wasungen, whose signature appears on the stock of a wheel-lock gun
in the Historisches Museum, Bern (inv. no. 22231)
Provenance:         The Saxon Royal Armories, Dresden
Literature:            Kaa Wennberg, European Firearms in Swedish Castles, 1986, page 105
Barrel:                15 7/8”         22-Bore
Overall:              25”