30: Rare Massive Indian Percussion Camel Gun
This is a very rare example of a fine quality massive Indian percussion camel gun manufactured c.1840-50. The gun has a rifled, octagon barrel with Damascus finish and traces of gold-washed decorations. The breech is fitted with a massive rear sight with seven sight apertures. The barrel is secured to the stock by seven narrow iron bands. The lock is English made and has a flat flush-mounted lock plate, conventional English style hammer with knurled spur and bolster with raised decorative fence. The lock plate, hammer and bolster are decorated with extremely well-executed English scroll engraving and double-line borders. The left stock flat has an English style side plate screw. The iron English style trigger guard is engraved with tight English scrollwork and the front finial is a typical English pineapple design. The stock has a Indian or Middle Eastern style butt and is fitted with two ling swivels and a heavy leather sling. The gun was probably a military trophy and weighs 30 pounds. Writer cannot recall ever seeing this configuration of gun. Usually when they are this massive, they have a pintle device for mounting on a wall or ship whereas, this weapon was made as a shoulder weapon!
BBL: 44 inch octagon
Serial Number: NSN