Near East, Persia / Iran, ca. 18th century CE. A beautiful, hand-built flintlock rifle with an octagonal iron barrel slotted within a grooved wooden forestock and held in place by a thin sheet of hammered brass. A similar, textured hammered brass sheet is pinned onto the handle area of a wide, flared handle, allowing better grip for the user. The iron flintlock firing mechanism consists of a leather-lined flint clamp, a vertically-grooved striking plate, and a shallow flash pan beneath. The petite ball trigger has a light spiralized design, and the majority of flintlock components are adorned with delicately-incised floral motifs. The wooden stock displays a pair of gilded silver appliques, one a circular flower and the other a twin-headed animal, though spaces for other, larger adornments are visible. A fantastic and finely-crafted example! Size: 43.25" L (109.9 cm).
Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection
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Rifle is non-functioning. Surface wear commensurate with age and use, one hammered brass sheet for securing barrel missing, muzzle-loading pole missing, small chips and losses to end of forestock, body, and handle, losses to some appliques, loose ball trigger, oxidation to rifle barrel and flintlock components, and small nicks to end of barrel. Wood has lovely dark-brown patina. Light earthen deposits throughout.