Fall 2023 Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction
November 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2023
This auction will feature an outstanding collection of items spanning multiple categories including Modern, Military, Sporting, & Antique firearms & militaria! Below is just a small grouping of select highlights from the massive offering to be featured in this upcoming sale!
A VERY FINE AUSTRIAN WHEELLOCK SPORTING RIFLE BY FRANZ XAVER (XAVIER) ZELNER (ZELLNER) IN SALZBURG CIRCA 1725
Cal. 28 bore.
The 28 bore blued swamped octagonal barrel deeply rifled with seven grooves signed in gold at the breech along the top flat and inlaid with gold strap work framing a deeply struck maker’s mark (New Stockel 8592). Gilt brass fore-sight and folding leaf back-sight chased with foliage, gilt brass tang plate chased with foliage. The flat lock signed “Franz Xaver Zelner in Salzburg” with internal wheel finely engraved with strap work both internally and externally framing a stag hunting scene, well rendered fox on the pan shield and hounds on the bridle. The cock is exquisitely engraved with the figures of Diana, goddess of the hunt, at her ease with Acteon, her lover. Well figured and moulded walnut full-stock (fore-end with old repair) carved and incised throughout. Full gilt brass mounts cast, chased, and engraved en suite. The pierced side-plate with a falconer on horseback, thumb plate with hound pursuing a hare, butt mounts, and chiseled set trigger. Original ramrod with brass tip decorated en suite with the mounts.