Original Ottoman Empire 1830 Tbilisi Caucasian Miquelet Pistol with Silver and Niello Details

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a superb Ottoman Empire flintlock .65 caliber pistol done in the Eastern style, ca 1830 to 1840. European-style 14" barrel mounted in cast and chased silver stock with gilt mounts and superb copper alloy (niello) detailed decorative work. Features a miquelet lock which was favored in the East and has an Eastern marked barrel. The lock functions well and holds both on half cock and full cock.

A very similar example is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Arms and Armor collection which can be seen at this link:- Miquelet Pistol.

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Geography: Tbilisi
Culture: Caucasian, Tbilisi, Georgia, or Dagestan
Medium: Steel, wood, silver, copper alloy (niello)

Approximate Year of Manufacture: 1830
Caliber: .65"
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 14 Inches
Overall Length: 19.5 Inches
Action type: Miquelet Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loaded

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. Later they were seen in percussion form, either as originally produced, or converted.

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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