late 16th century
"The stock of walnut-wood, is profusely enriched with a most delicate marqueterie of engraved ivory and buck-horn, representing scenes from the Old Testament; the engraved steel lock is further embellished with a chased gilt metal plaque introducing in its design Mars and Venus attended by Cupid; the wheel-cap, likewise of gilt metal, is richly chased; the smooth bore measures 42 inches. From the Beardmore Collection. Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from Christie, Manson & Woods, January 23, 1922 , January 23, 1922 for $2,694.26; sold to Gimbel Bros., Inc., May 30 1944 for $355."
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Long Island University, Brookville, NY, http://liu.edu Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 624, Article 56, Album 1a, p. 7