Summary

Percussion blunderbuss, cal. 38mm at muzzle, steel etched smooth bore cannon muzzle round barrel, 30.20cm long, steel tang. Decorated in relief with panels of floral ornamentation, particularly around tang, breech and muzzle. Lockplate shows signs of the firearm being manufactured originally as a flintlock, before being converted to percussion ignition in the first half of the 19th century.

Probably Arabian origin, late 18th or early 19th century.

Physical Description

Steel engraved side lock and hammer on R.H. side, steel oval triggerguard with decorative extensions, triggerplate missing, steel engraved sideplate with saddlebar and butt plate with ornamental butt tang. Butt plate screw not original and plate is loose on stock. Barrel secured by a single barrel pin and tang screw. No fixtures for a ramrod. Wooden stock extends to muzzle, very short butt. Lockplate engraved with text in what has formerly been identified as Arabic.

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