The idea of firearms with revolving chambers can be traced to the late 16th century. Revolving firearms required experienced craftsman, large amounts of time, and a good deal of money to finance both. Thus they were almost exclusively the company of nobility and the well-to-do.
This particular example was crafted in the early 18th century possibly from Carlsbad, Bohemia. So while this sumptuously decorated sporting arm wasn’t necessarily innovative, it remains remarkably rare and spectacularly made.
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