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Lot 284: A RARE OTTOMAN IVORY-INLAID FLINTLOCK PISTOL, TURKEY, 17TH CENTURY |
19 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: with tapering eight-sided iron barrel struck with crowned initials 'B,B' and cut with the mark 'MADRIT' between fleur-de-lys, the iron lock grooved, ridged and cut with crescent and scrolls, the steel trigger-guard pierced with lozenge and leaf motifs, the carved and ivory-inlaid wood stock with faceted grip mounted with plain undecorated copper plates flanked by cintamani designs in khatamkari technique with small brass pins, ivory plaques and green- and black-stained wood insets, the faceted ivory butt-end decorated en-suite, the wood ramrod with bone endpiece
In generally good condition, minor nicks and hairline scratches throughout, minor oxidisation to iron barrel, one or two possible replacements to cintamani ivory/bone inset motifs, as viewed.
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Literature: R. Hales, Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime’s Passion, London, 2013, p.262, no.639.
Saleroom Notice: This lot contains ivory. US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory. Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot into the US.