A fine silver-mounted Dagestan miquelet pistol, dated 1861/62
Fine Antique and Modern Firearms | A94s | Live auction | 119 Lots
DescriptionOctagonal to round barrel of finely grained Damascus steel with smooth bore in 15 mm calibre. The top of the barrel featuring a finely chiselled midrib with fork leaf décor, over the breech a gold-lined mark between distinctively gold-damascened foliage. Lock decorated all-over with gold damascened foliage, the hammer decorated with a rare dragon motif. On the underside of the hammer spring the inscription and date "Owner Akhmad, Master Umar 1299". Gold-inlaid button trigger. Full stock of finely grained flame maple (small crack behind the lock plate) with finely nielloed part-gilt furniture. The two nielloed grip straps with cartouches inscribed "Ali-Kahn" (owner) and "1299". The nielloed silver pommel cap probably a later addition, the original rosette of the original wood pommel existent. Length 46 cm. High-quality pistol with extremely rare portrayal of a dragon. It is closely related to a khanjali from 1863 which has the same dragon symbol on the scabbard (depicted in Askhabor, Searching for Lost Relics, p. 366/67). A similar weapon with a lion symbol is depicted there on page 77. These weapons were probably made for high-ranking customers.
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