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Original North African Miquelet Lock Jezail Musket in "Barn Find" Condition - c.1800

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Jezail (sometimes Jezzail from the Arabic) 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. They were often made with locally available locks, so it was common to see locks on these that were of varied origin.

This Jezail has a Spanish style MIQUELET ignition system, first introduced in the 1600s.This however was made in North Africa, most probably Morocco by Arab tribesmen who lived in the desert. It dates from the late 1700s to the early 1800s. It is still in the awful "BARN FIND" condition we received this in, having purchased a Collection in England. It is well rusted but basically complete other than the lower butt toe and the ramrod. The lock has three horizontal screws indicating the early Miquelet design, later designs only needed two screws/bolts. The Jezail has a 45" octagonal barrel and is 58" in overall length.

This is what the "BARBARY PIRATES" carried in the Wars in the very early 1800's which the U.S. fought in. A gun that looks like it came over on the MAYFLOWER!

We deliberately left this gun "AS IS" for the the "ANTIQUE ROADSHOW COLLECTOR," who considers even a good cleaning and restoration to be a big NO-NO.

Just as we got it from the barn, original and over 200 years old.

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.


Years of Manufacture: Circa 1800
Caliber: approx .59 inches
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 45 inches
Overall Length: 58 inches
Action: Miquelet Lock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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