Unknown - Flintlock
|Estimated Price: $2,500 - $5,000|
|Pair of Elaborately Decorated Gold Overlaid Mediterranean Flintlock Pistols -A) Mediterranean Flintlock Pistol with Elaborate Silver Inlaid Stock|
|Barrel Length||10 1/2 Inch Part Octagon||Finish||Brown/gold Damascene||Grip|
|Description||These pistols are elaborately decorated with gold overlaid damascene floral vine designs on the barrel, lock and hammer side. The frizzen is engraved with simple designs. The stock is extensively decorated with simple vine and leaf design. All iron construction and mounted with a full stock with a large ball at the butt. There are no identifying marks or proofs on the pistol. This elaborate pair of ball butt Flintlock pistols was most likely made for a very important Turkish or Persian individual.
|Condition||Very good. The metal surfaces have a smooth brown patina with strong traces of bright blue finish in the protected areas near the stock. All of the gold inlay remains. The stock is fine. A wire has been wrapped around the muzzle end to tighten the stock to the barrel. There are a few very small areas of absent inlay and a minor repair ahead of the trigger. The action needs some work, the hammer is very difficult to cock, writer did not want to force it and possibly cause damage.|
|B) Mediterranean Flintlock Pistol with Elaborate Silver Inlaid Stock|
|Barrel Length||10 1/2 Inch Part Octagon||Finish||Brown/gold||Grip|
|Description||Described in "A".
|Condition||Very good. The metal has a smooth brown patina, with all of the bright gold inlay remaining. The stock is very good. It appears that the ball on the butt has come loose at some time and has been glued back on. There are a few chips on top of the ball. There is a splinter absent from the upper right side at the muzzle end and the stock is slightly pulled away from the barrel and a couple of very small areas of absent wire. The action is as described in "A".|
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