Original Late 19th Century Algerian Inlaid Flintlock Jezail Musket from the “Beau Geste” Era

Item Description

Original Item: One of a Kind. The Jezail (sometimes Jezzail from the Pashto language,Pashto: جزائل) is a simple, cost-efficient and typically handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in the Middle East region in the past. These were all highly personalized, so no two were alike. The styles varied quite a bit based on the region they were from.

We all, hopefully, remember the great GARY COOPER Movie "BEAU GESTE" from the 1930's about the French Foreign Legion holding out in a desert fortress in the Sahara Desert. A great tale!

This example is of the typical North African style, from the Algerian region. There they were used to fight the French Colonial government with just these Flintlock weapons used atop a Camel. These were primitive muskets that were up against the bolt action Lebel Magazine rifles in the late 1880's, which was no match whatsoever.

Here is a 57" overall musket with a 47" barrel, inlaid with camel bone, wrapped in iron wire and carved wood butt stock. The trade lock, in excellent condition, is heavily carved or engraved. All in excellent original condition since it was most likely captured as soon as it faced French Imperialism. Many thousands of these were taken home by French Legionnaires and for the next 100 years low quality tourist copies have been sold in the North African markets.

Too good to be tourist production this is a left over from the time of BEAU GESTE. Ready to display, probably 1880's production and very attractive. Ready to display!


Years of Manufacture: Late 19th Century
Caliber: approx .63 inches
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 47 inches
Overall Length: 57 inches
Action: Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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