A Very Fine Daghestani 20-Bore Miquelet-Lock Pistol Mounted In Nielloed Silver-Gilt

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Lot 285*
A Very Fine Daghestani 20-Bore Miquelet-Lock Pistol Mounted In Nielloed Silver-Gilt
Kubachi, Circa 1830

Sold for £ 13,750 (US$ 18,343) inc. premium
A Very Fine Daghestani 20-Bore Miquelet-Lock Pistol Mounted In Nielloed Silver-Gilt
Kubachi, Circa 1830
With finely etched twist barrel chiselled with thickly gilt arabesques and foliage at the muzzle and breech, the former encircled by three gold lines, the latter with circular gold-lined stamp inscribed 'Imtihan' (proofed) in thuluth and with gold lines at the rear, the top flat inscribed with Persian verses in nasta'liq and with rectangular gold-lined maker's stamp of 'Hajji Mustafa' in thuluth, grooved block-shaped back-sight with extension down the back of the butt and both encrusted with chased symmetrical gold arabesques and foliage, characteristic lock and trigger-plate en suite, the former encrusted in gold beneath the mainspring with owner's name 'Nawruz' in thuluth, wooden full stock entirely covered in nielloed silver-gilt panels embossed and chased with repeated designs of foliage against finely punched grounds, on the butt within borders of beadwork, rounded pommel en suite and with gold-encrusted faceted terminal carrying a silver suspension ring, gold-encrusted button trigger, gilt-headed retaining screws, no provision for a ramrod, and in fine condition overall
31 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, MA, September-December 1994

    Literature:
    Pinchot, p.104, fig.5-39

    For related examples see Miller, pp.268-270, figs.175-177; and another sold in these Rooms, Antique Arms and Armour..., 25 July 2007, lot 44 (£11,300 including premium)
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A Very Fine Daghestani 20-Bore Miquelet-Lock Pistol Mounted In Nielloed Silver-Gilt
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