• Arms & Armour auction at Christies

    Sale 5863

    Arms & Armour

    30 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 20

    AN EXCEPTIONAL TURKISH FLINTLOCK HORSEMAN'S BLUNDERBUSS OF THE BODYGUARD OF THE OTTOMAN SULTAN MAHMUD II

    CIRCA 1810-20

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    AN EXCEPTIONAL TURKISH FLINTLOCK HORSEMAN'S BLUNDERBUSS OF THE BODYGUARD OF THE OTTOMAN SULTAN MAHMUD II
    CIRCA 1810-20
    With slender iron barrel strongly belled towards the muzzle, richly decorated over its full length with close-set complex patterns of silver flowers, garlands and interlaced scrollwork all encrusted on a contrasting brilliant blue ground, a raised brass moulding over the breech, and retained by a hinged gilt-brass band, burnished iron lock inscribed 'Ïondon Waranted' (sic.) and decorated with birds at the rear, with rainproof pan and roller, full stock entirely encased in gilt-brass panels, repoussé with flowers, rose bouquets and fluted scrolls all burnished bright on a contrasting pounced matted gilt ground, the barrel-band, trigger-guard and false ramrod all en suite, blued iron bar for the saddle-ring partly encrusted in silver, and in exceptionally fine original condition throughout
    31¼in (79.4cm)


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    Provenance:

    Joe Kindig, Jr., Pennsylvania, sold circa 1954.

    Another example from this rare series of Ottoman firearms (of which the present example is the best preserved) is in The Wallace Collection, London (no.2086).

    The treatment of the stock also compares with that of the Anglo/Ottoman Balkan gun known as 'the musket of Ali Pasha', presented by him to Lord Byron, circa 1809-1820. This gun is now in the Benaki Museum, Athens. See H. Bartlett Wells, Lord Byron's Joseph Manton Rifle?, J.A.A.S, vol. VI, no.1, March 1968.

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