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Lot 286: A RARE OTTOMAN FULLY CORAL-SET MIQUELET FLINTLOCK RIFLE, TURKEY OR OTTOMAN PROVINCES, DATED 1106 AH/1694 AD |
19 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: set throughout with drop and circular-shaped ribbed corals on copper-gilt filigree mounts, the barrel inlaid with silver foliate decoration, the lock with gold damascened foliate motifs and date in cartouche, stamped at top
In generally good condition, a couple of coral beads missing, very few with a break, one or two probably re-set at later date, some rubbing and oxidisation to filigree mounts with minor dents in some sections, the barrel with discoloration and oxidisation, gold damascene in good condition, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Literature: R. Hales, Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime’s Passion, London, 2013, pp.268-9, no. 649.