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**Originally Listed At $800**

Central Asia, southern India, Mughal Period, ca. late 18th to early 19th century CE. A beautiful hand-crafted wood and steel jezail rifle of a characteristically elongated form. The lengthy steel barrel tapers gently to a flared muzzle, has a small flash pan next to the protruding matchlock mechanism, and is attached to the rifle stock with four thin hammered-steel straps. The slender forestock and thick back stock are carved from caramel-hued hardwood with a long groove that houses the barrel as well as the elongated ramrod. A thin trigger protrudes from below the back stock and still retains its action with the matchlock mechanism with pulled. The barrel is stamped with "JPR/EXR/2|4679," and the back stock has "746" stamped on one side. Size: 85.1" L (216.2 cm).

Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection

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One attachment strap missing. Repairs to 3 areas of stock, with small chips and adhesive residue along break lines. Minor abrasions to stock, barrel, and trigger, with light oxidation to steel components, and light encrustations within barrel. Light earthen deposits throughout, and nice patina to wooden components. Trigger and matchlock mechanism still function, however rifle has not been test-fired. Old information card taped to one side of back stock.

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18th C. Mughal Wood & Steel Matchlock Jezail Rifle

Estimate $1,600 - $2,400
$7000 bids
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