Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1357: Caucasian Ball Pommel Type Miquelet Pistol

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Ornate Silver, Niello, Gold, and Shagreen Ornamented Caucasian Ball Pommel Type Miquelet Pistol

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000

Ornate Silver, Niello, Gold, and Shagreen Ornamented Caucasian Ball Pommel Type Miquelet Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Mauser
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 62
Barrel: 14 1/8 inch round
Finish: gold/silver/niello/bright
Grip:
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 361
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 167
Class: Antique
Description:

This highly ornate 19th century pistol is of the style popular in the Caucasus region at the border of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It may originate from Tbilisi. The lock has an untranslated golden maker's mark and a "101" style marking in gold on the plate. The barrel also features gold inlaid designs, and the other metal is niello decorated silver with beautiful designs. A lanyard loop is fitted on the cap on the antique ivory ball pommel. The stock is black shagreen bound hardwood. The ramrod is absent. Provenance: The Tom Lewis Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine with bright original gold, aged patina and nicely contrasting niello on the furniture, dark gray-brown patina and mild oxidation/pitting on the iron, and mild overall wear. The stock is good has some loss at the forend tip section, some loosening shagreen, and mild age and storage related wear. The frizzen/battery spring is absent, but the lock is otherwise mechanically fine.



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