Carl Hartung Jaeger, Double-Set Trigger Hunting Rifle, Carved & Engraved
German, Mid-19th Century
Octagonal .62-Caliber Barrel,
The Flat Finely Inlayed “Carl Hartung”
The barrel, upper tang, lock and lock plate screw within four-point compass-like escutcheon feature fine scroll engraving. The forend features a competently carved lion's head, at the ram rod entrance. The walnut stock displays beautifully carved foliate and scroll ornament, and fine checkering as does the patch box…all high relief and sharp. Front blade site is German silver; rear site is “U” notched and is adjustable by screw for elevation; dovetailed to barrel and features a tapered arrow finial centered by small round shoulders. Full length stock with polished ox horn nose cap; brass capped ramrod within a pair of simple thimbles. The butt features a large cheek piece and carved ornament, the right side is complete with working patch box. The forward sling is missing. Trigger guard is finely carved of a single piece of polished ox horn and features a pierced and scrolled finger notch tang; forend embellished with a finely engraved silver finial. The smooth polished butt-plate is attached with engraved screws and displays conforming border engraving. Overall condition is excellent; swamped-barrel is plumb brown fading to smoky gray; mechanics are tight and smooth. Heer Der Neue Stockel, Journal Verlag does list a “C.W. Hartung, c. 1850; Riga, Latvija on page 502.
Overall length: 43"