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Top is the cheek-piece of a German wheellock rifle, with stag horn engravings depicting scenes from "The Labours of Hercules”, notably "The Rape of Iole" (shown). Dated c.1550.
Bottom is a Persian percussion carbine, inscribed with "The Work of Rustam". The top of the breech is decorated with floral patterns and diamond shapes. Dated c.1850.
German wheellock: City Art Museum, St. Louis
Persian carbine: Historisches Museum, Bern
So much to live for in 1882