Original Greek or Balkan Fancy Brass-Clad Miquelet Carbine - Circa 1790
Original Item: One Only. This is one fancy item, very possibly incorporating a 17th Century FULLY ENGRAVED barrel made in either Spain or Italy. The stock is principally brass sheeting over a wood base, every square inch it appears very heavily embossed and decorated.
The only part of the wood stock that is visible is on the butt and appears to be constructed from differing species of wood in layers for aesthetic appeal. The Miquelet ignition system has a gold Maker's Mark inlaid into it. The left side of this Carbine has a a saddle ring for use as attachment point to the mounts saddle.
Very much decorated and clearly of significance, splendidly cleaned and put into its very best display condition.
History of the Miquelet Lock:
Miquelet lock is a modern term used by collectors and curators, largely in the English-speaking world, for a type of firing mechanism used in muskets and pistols. It is a distinctive form of snaplock, originally as a flint-against-steel ignition form, once prevalent in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, North Africa, Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th centuries.
The term miquelet lock was not recorded until the 19th century, long after the appearance of the mechanism in the 16th century, and is of uncertain origin. One commonly held view is that it was coined by British troops in the Peninsular War to describe the style of musket used by the Miquelet (militia) that had been assigned to the Peninsular Army of the Duke of Wellington.
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