Miquelet Pistol, Steel, silver, niello, leather, ivory, gold, Caucasian, possibly Georgia or Circassia

Miquelet Pistol

Date:
dated A.H. 1263/A.D. 1846–47
Culture:
Caucasian, possibly Georgia or Circassia
Medium:
Steel, silver, niello, leather, ivory, gold
Dimensions:
L. 17 1/2 in. (44.45 cm)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Miquelet
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.2239
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 379
The barrel is signed in both Russian and Arabic, suggesting that the pistol was made in Tbilisi in Georgia or Circassia, which were then under Russian control. Kubachi, the other major armsmaking center in the Caucasus, did not fall under Russian domination until the 1860s.
Ex. coll.: Coleman (sale no. 1023 R).George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 235, ill.

Rivkin, Kirill. Arms and Armor of Caucasus. United States, 2015. pp. 125–7, fig. 58.