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    Sale 5427

    Antique Arms & Armour

    17 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 29

    A VERY RARE INDIAN MATCHLOCK PISTOL

    18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE INDIAN MATCHLOCK PISTOL
    18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    With sighted tapering barrel formed in three stages divided by raised mouldings, flared muzzle, the breech fitted with pan, pivoted iron match-holder, shaped iron trigger, carved moulded wooden full stock decorated with painted bands of foliage over its length and a trellis pattern of flowerheads behind the breech, the butt modelled on the French style, and with silver swivel for suspension (the pan-cover, pricker and pricker-holder each missing, the painted ornament rubbed towards the muzzle, ramrod replaced)
    19in (48.3cm)


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    Provenance

    The Martin Retting Collection, California