With thanks to Sean Campbell, imaging manager of the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West in Cody, Wyoming, for permission to post these pics of a gun held in the Cody Firearms Museum. The blurb accompanying this gun follows.
Accession Number: 1995.35.1
Date : 1730-1735
Dimensions: L: 52 in, Barrel length: 36 in, H: 7 in
Inscription: top barrel: Kolbe London
Synopsis: firearm- airgun- rifle- Johann Lorenz Kolbe, London, England- wood- brass- iron- top barrel: Kolbe London- barrel reservoir- 41
Extract from <i>Hunting Weapons: From the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century</i> by Howard L. Blackmore:
For more information about barrel reservoir/ barrel surround pneumatics, see in this gallery Nineteenth (and eighteenth) century airguns/British Pneumatics 1750-1850 by DT Fletcher, pp 7-17
Kolbe, London (extremely ornate).
Pics reproduced with kind permission © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Details of this gun are:
Place of origin:
Kolbe, Johann Gottfried (maker)
Materials and Techniques:
Carved walnut with chased and engraved silver, brass
Ex Alexander Davison Collection