Early 16th century
"The stock is elaborately inlaid with quaint birds in brass engraved and designs in mother-o'-pearl intercepted with brass wire and point inlay work, the ram-rod holders being of ivory. The stock, of fine form, is similar to that illustrated in Fig. 536 in the 1890 edition of ""Handbuch der Waffenkunde,"" by ""Wendelin Boeheim."" The lock is a bold and typical one. The whole is of good workmanship and less crude than the majority of early match-lock weapons. Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from Sotheby, Wiklinson & Hodge, London, through William Permain, March 27, 1923 for $194.65; sold to Gimbel Bros., Inc., April 30, 1941 for $97.50. "
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Long Island University, Brookville, NY, http://liu.edu Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 150, Article 30, Album 1b, p. 37