A fine German percussion rifle by W. Pfeuffer of Stuttgart
Heavy 36 inch blued octagonal barrel with eight groove rifling in .52 caliber; top flat at breech inlaid in gold W. Pfeuffer in Stuttgart; false muzzle; hooded fore-sight; adjustable rear sight, the base inlaid with gold scrollwork; gold-banded above breech and marked Guss-Stahl Lauf; breech top flat finely chiseled with scrollwork on a gilt ground, the side flat engraved with scrollwork highlighted with gold inlay; tang with lug for peep sight, now missing, and engraved with scrollwork on a gilt ground below a chiseled panel scene of hounds worrying a stag. Back action lock chiseled with scrollwork and a scene of hunters and stag on a stippled gilt ground; dolphin cock, the parcel gilt neck chiseled with scrollwork, the head highlighted with gold inlay. Double-set triggers. Scrolling steel triggerguard chiseled and gilt en suite to lock, the bow with panel scene of hunter with a spear rescuing his hound from a lion. Scroll-engraved and gold-inlaid counterscrew plate in the form of a dolphin. Walnut half-stock, the fore-end tip carved as a lion's head with inlaid eyes; the barrel trough framed by bands of relief-carved meander; underside of fore-end and wrist with intaglio-carved panels of leafy scrollwork; left side of buttstock with relief-carved scene of hounds bringing down a stag; right side fitted with engraved and gold-inlaid patchbox, the lid with scene of a hound and bear fighting on a rocky escarpment, the whole framed by relief-carved scrollwork incorporating C-scrolls and sea gods and surmounted by a deer and rockage; interior of patchbox lined in red velour and containing key for rear sight and small turnscrew. Swiss butt decorated en suite with engraved and gold-inlaid scrollwork, the tang with parcel gilt panel scene of a wolf. Sling swivels.
Condition: Fine. Barrel retains virtually all the dark blue finish with scattered spotting and dulling. Tang, lock and furniture excellent. Peep sight and ramrod missing. Stock with scattered marks, the fore-end with repaired crack and a few small replaced areas.