EARLY 19TH CENTURY BALKAN MIQUELET PISTOL WITH AN EARLIER SPANISH BARREL

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Item Code: 88-74

12', .65 cal. barrel with deep Spanish punch-marks (more below). Balkan miquelet lock of fine quality in ex. working order with powerful springs. An unusual feature of this lock is the built-in provision of a shield to cover the heel of the cock on which the powerful mainspring bears, to protect the trigger finger. Stock is covered with engraved brass sheathing, "rat tail" of silver, as are the barrel bands. In the list of genuine Spanish marks included in W. Keith Neal's "Spanish Guns and Pistols", pp.93-101, some nine barrel smiths used the rampant lion combined with the stamp of a crown over the letters of the smith's name; it is a common format. Unfortunately, age and wear has obscured the letters in this instance, though they can be vaguely discerned.  A good example of the "Albanian" pistol, actually much carried throughout the Balkans.   [pe] [ph:L]

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