London, South Kensington
19 July 2001
A 22-Bore Gold-Mounted Turkish Fowling-Piece Of Presentation Quality
Dated (1) 263 A.H. 1846 A.D.
With tapering sighted barrel with full-length sighting-flat, signed 'Pietro Gateli' on the top of the octagonal breech and with two crowned maker's marks of 'G. Banchi' between twelve small decorative marks, five engraved shaped gold barrel bands, the rear band incorporating the back-sight, engraved tang, lightly chiselled flat lock signed 'G: Berteli', walnut full stock profusely inlaid with gold wire lines, scrolls, stylised flowers, pellets, and shells, on the comb of the butt with inscriptions in Arabic characters 'On the day of battle, the gun will reap lamentation In the noise caused by it, the heart of the enemy will be torn', and to the left of the breech the signature 'The work of Yaqut, master gunsmith (in) the year (1)263,' gold mounts cast and chased in relief with scrollwork and foliage on a punched ground, gold fore-end cap and sling swivels, and original iron ramrod with turned and faceted tip
49in. (124.5cm.) barrel
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