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    Sale 5854

    Arms & Armour

    18 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 139

    A RARE RUSSIAN (TULA) FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL INSCRIBED QASTAN TANEER

    DATED 1776

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    A RARE RUSSIAN (TULA) FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL INSCRIBED QASTAN TANEER
    DATED 1776
    With swamped etched twist barrel formed in two stages, the breech decorated with panels of gold-encrusted foliage enclosing a gold-lined maker's stamp (partly read as) 'Amal Ali', with two smaller gold stamps 'Amal' and 'Ali' respectively, the gold Islamic inscription 'Qastan Taneer', the date '1776', and all within gold-encrusted bands, a further gold band at the muzzle and the tang decorated with a gold flower, bevelled lock inlaid with an inverted rendition of the barrel inscription within gold linear borders, carved figured walnut full stock and gold-encrusted iron mounts all in the characteristic Tula style, horn fore-end cap, and later ramrod
    14in (35.6cm)


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    The name 'Qastan Taneer' in Muslim and is almost certainly that of the owner, presumably a native of the Islamic provinces of the Imperial Russian Empire and most likely a senior Cossack officer.