A North Persian miquelet carbine
late 18th century
The 23 1/2 inch octagonal watered steel barrel in .50 caliber smoothbore, the breech with faint maker's touch mark and inlaid with gold lines and the date 1190AH (1776AD). Iron miquelet lock of typical form. Full burlwood stock with slender buttstock, the ball trigger, barrel wedges, counterscrews and lock framed with bone inlays. Fore-end secured with single plain silver capucine. Butt encircled by bone and dark wood inlays set with small brass and enamel roundels.
Condition: Good. Barrel showing much Damascus pattern under the heavy brown patina, the muzzle and fore-end shortened during period of use. Horn fore-end cap a replacement. Some losses to gold inlay. Stock with scattered minor marks and missing the buttplate and it's metal support strap.