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Unique weapon unveiled at Southern Norway museum. WITH VIDEO: What is said to be the Norway’s largest museum outside of Oslo has one of the country’s biggest weapon collections dating from 1500. This includes the world’s oldest revolver in their cellar for exhibit. The well-preserved weapon at Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Oppland County, can be dated to 1597. This is due to its firing mechanism – a type of flintlock – and barrel holding up to eight shots. The eight-shot cylinder must be manually rotated each time the gun is to be fired.

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Unique weapon unveiled at Southern Norway museum

Published on Friday, 28th March, 2014 at 15:23 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 30th March 2014 at 11:49.

WITH VIDEO: What is said to be the Norway’s largest museum outside of Oslo has one of the country’s biggest weapon collections dating from 1500. This includes the world’s oldest revolver in their cellar for exhibit.

Georg Reichwein's revolver
The weapon is decorated with mother of pearl and brass.Georg Reichwein's revolver
Photo: Camilla Damgård/Maihaugen


The well-preserved weapon at Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Oppland County, can be dated to 1597.

This is due to its firing mechanism – a type of flintlock – and barrel holding up to eight shots. The eight-shot cylinder must be manually rotated each time the gun is to be fired.

The 1597 revolver was made by weapon producer Hans Stopler in Germany’s Nüremberg. It belonged to Georg Reichwein (1593-1667), a German-born Norwegian officer. On the gun stock is a silver badge inscribed with ‘Georg Reichwein 1636’.

See video at end of article.

Reichwein had immigrated from Hessen-Kassel to then Denmark-Norway in 1628. He aided in the defence on Denmark-Norway during the Thirty Years War, which took place between 1618 and 1648.

Close-up of the revolver
Close-up of the revolver
Camilla Damgård/Maihaugen
In 1629, he was transferred to west Norway’s Bergenhus Festning (‘fortress’) where he led the guard regiment, before becoming second-in-command of the Akershusisk Guard Regiment along the Norwegian-Swedish border some 15 years later.

Maihaugen Museum director Gaute Jacobsen told NRK that “it’s not sure whether Reichwein was carrying the gun when he came to Norway in 1628 or whether the gun was bought in Bergen in 1636.”

At the same time, he is certain that it was Hans Stopler who made the revolver as it bears the mark of a horse spur.

The revolver will exhibit this summer in connection with 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution. Until then, however, it will remain locked away from public view.

Other weapons will also feature in the exhibit, which ranges from the 1600s to 1814.

“We’ve also got a broadsword made in Britain in our collection. The hilt was made in Scotland, and the blade in England”, Mr Jacobsen said to The Foreigner, “that’s what you did in those days if you needed a replacement blade at the time.”

Video with the story of the revolver courtesy of Maihaugen.


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Published on Friday, 28th March, 2014 at 15:23 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 30th March 2014 at 11:49.

This post has the following tags: norwayconstitution, 17thmay, constitutionbicentennial.





  
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