Re: You mean that scrawl

February 24 2016 at 7:33 PM
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DT Fletcher  (Login DTFletcher)

Response to You mean that scrawl


I think we are spoiled by the later Vienna airguns that are such masterpieces; of the few airguns that we've seen from the Tyrol, they, like this one, look primitive in comparison. Historically, there is a world of difference between circa 1800 Tyrol and circa 1820s Vienna.

Regarding if Thiele is the maker, the only information I have is from Arne Hoff's book.

To me, this Thiele gun emphasizes how English-manufactured goods so dominated Europe during this period. It wasn't until 1805/06 that Napoleon's Continental System, to exclude English manufactured goods, was applied to the Tyrol region.

It also important to note that the history of Tyrollean guns, in general, is difficult to trace, since the French army in 1809 was ordered to completely disarm the people. Then, whatever escaped that destruction was completed in 1945 by the American occupation army that ordered the destruction of all arms owned by the Tyrolleans; which is why all the Sch├╝tzenkompanies today only have Mausers. I believe that the only reason this Thiele airgun escaped destruction is because it was held in Bavaria not the Tyrol.

This message has been edited by DTFletcher on Feb 24, 2016 7:40 PM

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  • Are you positive all Tyrolean arms were destroyed? - RedFeather on Mar 25, 2016, 4:44 PM
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