James Michie Scottish Metal Flintlock, 1700's .Scottish gunmakers that produced the elegant all-metal flintlock pistol design, was wise enough to include embellishment in the form of extensive fine engraving. This .56 caliber single-shot, made in the mid-18th Century, has a number of subtle features, including a delicate loading rod and a flared muzzle contour. Even the utilitarian belt hook is nicely engraved!
Indian (Sind) matchlock, 18th century, 19th century percussion conversion, 46" flared muzzle barrel with mechanical damask spiral pattern throughout. The thickened breach with incised lattice pattern, probably talismanic. Integral opened sight, wood stock with deeply curved rear and dramatically flared butt the tips sheathed in red pigment inlaid segments with additional plain and matching overlays ahead. The fore stock with chiseled brass bands and cap. Drum conversion with handmade lock.
1630 Dutch/German Wheellock pistol at the National Army Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "Wheel-lock pistols were carried by cavalry. The wheel-lock mechanism was complicated and expensive and few of these pistols were made in England, but many were imported from Germany, Holland and Italy."