Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Black Forest, Germany
In Robert Elgoods opus "Firearms of the Islamic World" you can read the following".
Many of the late 18th- and 19th-century Ottoman firearms were imported weapons from Europe, commonly from Liège or St. Etienne, mostly in French style, or inferior locally made copies in a rather florid French style, often using European locks.
French gunsmiths were unaffected by the decorative style of the third quarter of the 18th-century and continued to make pistols with rococo decoration. When, in the course, the French Revolution swept away the decorative exuberance associated with the Bourbons, the Turks continued to import pistols in the rococo style and these French or French-style large flintlock pistols are kalled kubur or horse pistols, in both Turkey or Balkans.
The pair of pistols shown is probably made by a Liége or St. Etienne gunmaker in the 1830s.