Wheel-lock Harquebus - inv. 2168
Arms and Armours
The wooden stock has a beautiful inlaid decoration in ivory with scenes of combat and some of the well-known labours of Hercules. The gun is a muzzle-loader : the balls were rammed into the front of the barrel using a ramrod, and the gunpowder was placed in the central priming pan above the wheel. Then the wheel was cocked with a small key, lowering the “dog”, with the flint clamped between its jaws, bringing it into contact with the toothed wheel. On pulling the trigger the wheel created friction with the flint and released the sparks which fired the gunpowder, thus shooting the bullet.