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    Miquelet Lock Musket With Wood Stock Inlaid With Silver Wire Decoration. MASSIVE, 19th Century North African / Arabic 28 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With W Musket

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    RARE,(NOT DEACTIVATED) MASSIVE, 19th Century North African / Arabic 28 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With Wood Stock Inlaid With Silver Wire Decoration. Sn 13045 - 13045

    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, the Ottoman Empire and throughout Spain's colonies from the late 16th to the mid 19th centuries. The miquelet may have come to the attention of arms makers in Istanbul & North Africa via long-established trade routes from Italian city-states through the port of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to provinces on the Balkan Peninsula. Other avenues were probably provided by booty from corsair raids and/or from the many Ottoman-Euro conflicts of the period. The muzzle loading weapons were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. They were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, the weapons tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. They usually had very long barrels. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the weapon to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. This is a 19th century miquelet lock musket. It measures a massive 69 ½” overall length. It has a round steel barrel which is .541” diameter at the muzzle opening (approx. 28 Bore). The barrel has a small blade fore sight and brass barrel bands with intricate hand tooled foliate decoration. The action has naïve silver crescent moon decoration, the barrel has hand tooled foliate decoration. It has a wood stock with inlaid foliate silver wire decoration and typical curved butt with thick butt plate. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native North African / Arabic weapon of its age. Its action works correctly. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique miquelet musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13045
    £795.00
    £ 795
    Category:Deactivated
    Subcategory:Musket
    Condition:Used - Good condition for age
    Price:£ 795
    Sale type:Trade
    Make:Miquelet Lock Musket With Wood Stock Inlaid With Silver Wire Decoration.
    Model:MASSIVE, 19th Century North African / Arabic 28 Bore Miquelet Lock Musket With W
    Manufactured Year:19th Century
    Mechanism:Miquelet
    Certificate:No Licence - Antique/Obsolete Calibre - Section 58 (2) Firearms Act 1968
    Overall length:69 1/2"
    Your reference:13045
    Recommended Usage:Collection item
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