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Old 2nd December 2019, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Otoman flintlock?

Hey I have this pistol,what do you think is it Otoman? Please for your opinion. There is no brass,only iron and some white metall. Trigger guard is also iron .
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Old 24th December 2019, 01:02 AM   #2
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Based on initial impression and some image searches, I'd put this as Italian Baroque period in style.
If you search for Flintlock alla Fiorentina, you see similar stuff.

What does it say on the trigger guard? I see an M but I can't read the rest.
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Old 24th December 2019, 07:20 AM   #3
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This should be a shortened Brescia made pistol ca. 1800 for the Ottoman market.
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Old 24th December 2019, 09:15 AM   #4
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There seem to be inlay in form of Dhul-Fiqar on the stock indicating Kosovo origin
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Old 24th December 2019, 08:15 PM   #5
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Hello. Nice looking pistol. I've always favored the all-iron mounted pistols over the all-brass or brass/iron combinations. I just find them attractive, especially with dark stained stocks such as this example. It does indeed appear that the barrel has been shortened. Probably sometime in the past possible due to muzzle damage.
These pistols are commonly known by collectors as Ottoman/Balkan Kubur (horse) pistols. And your's is very typical of the style. They are usually unmarked, with the decoration, engraving, etc. done in a generic fashion so as to appeal to a wide range of prospects. There peak of popularity was during the first half of the 19th Century. Judging by the quantity of examples still available today, these pistols must have been made by the thousands during the period. Probably made at one of the many gun making centers in the Balkans. But there were also many made as complete guns and decorated for the local market and exported from Europe.
Your pistol could have been in use almost anywhere in the Ottoman Empire. Again, nice piece with the all-iron mounts.

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Old 24th December 2019, 08:27 PM   #6
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In my opinion, it is a reconstruction, with different pieces. The cylinder head knob, of a different material (bronze?) From the iron of the other fittings, profusely decorated with chiseled, distinct from the simple decoration of the other pieces, and of the engraved barrel
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Old 26th December 2019, 11:32 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Cthulhu
Based on initial impression and some image searches, I'd put this as Italian Baroque period in style.
If you search for Flintlock alla Fiorentina, you see similar stuff.

What does it say on the trigger guard? I see an M but I can't read the rest.

Hey tnx for your answer. Well I can read it very well. Here is better pics
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Old 30th December 2019, 06:06 AM   #8
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There seem to be inlay in form of Dhul-Fiqar on the stock indicating Kosovo origin


Well done!
Balkans for sure, Kosovo I don't know.
As said, it's an Italian pistol for the Ottoman market.
You can't read the inscription as it is a pseudo inscription MIIIIIIIII...
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Old 1st January 2020, 07:36 PM   #9
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Well done!
Balkans for sure, Kosovo I don't know.
As said, it's an Italian pistol for the Ottoman market.
You can't read the inscription as it is a pseudo inscription MIIIIIIIII...

Hey Happy New Year Tnx for your answer . I love those items but dont know much about them. I have few of them so I would like to get some info about others.Thanks to all for help
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