Late 16th century
"Showing the finest workmanship, artistic decoration and finish of this period. The stock of ebony is beautifully inlaid with buck horn and mother-of-pearl well engraved with hunting subjects, mascaroons, etc., and is further enriched with gilt metal bands at the juncture of the stock with the butt. The ball butt is a fine bold one deeply fluted and enriched with gilt metal ribs terminating in a bold medallion portrait in high relief. The cover of the wheel is of metal gilt embossed and perforated. The barrel has an armorer's mark (Nuremburg?). From the Collection of Sir Guy Laking, who is reported to have bought this from Sir Guy Sebright, Chevenings, Dunstable. . Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, March 1, 1923 for $656.94; sold to Gimbel Bros., Inc., April 30, 1941 for $389."
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Long Island University, Brookville, NY, http://liu.edu Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 150, Article 2, Album 1b, p. 46