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Miquelet Rifle

late 18th century
Steel, wood, ivory, copper alloys, mother-of-pearl, gold, silver, glass paste
L. 60 3/4 in. (154.31 cm); L. barrel 47 in. (119.4 cm); Cal. .48 in. (12.0 mm); Wt. 10 lb. 12 oz. (4862 g)
Credit Line:
The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
The miquelet is an early and sturdy form of flintlock popular throughout the Ottoman Empire from the seventeenth into the early twentieth century. Several elaborately decorated guns very similar to this example are still preserved in Istanbul, possibly made for the Ottoman Imperial guard.
Inscription: Inscribed on the lock: "Muhammad Ayyubi;"

On the barrel: a Turkish test mark and an undecipherable mark.
Blackmore, Howard. Guns and Rifles of the World. London: B. T. Batsford, 1965.

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