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Miquelet Rifle of Ali Pasha

lock and stock, dated A.H. 1224/A.D. 1809–10; barrel, 18th century
lock and stock, Algerian; barrel, European
Steel, wood, silver, copper alloy, textile
L. 67 in. (170.3 cm); L. barrel 50 7/8 in. (129.2 cm); Cal. .70 in. (18.0 mm); Wt. 10 lb. 9 oz. (4800 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William E. S. Griswold, Mrs. William Sloane and John Sloane, 1943
Accession Number:
Not on view
Algerian firearms are typically very long and fitted with smoothbore barrels imported from Europe. The finest guns have stocks inlaid with silver (and occasionally gold), pierced and engraved with meandering floral and geometric designs. This example is unusual in bearing the name of the maker, his patron (an aga, probably an official at the court of the dey of Algiers), and the date. The silver is struck with an Algerian hallmark.
Marking: Stamped on barrel: F.C., crowned; also on the barrel: 2 and 3.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor from the Islamic World," February 10, 2016–December 3, 2017.

Alexander, David, Stuart W. Pyhrr, and Will Kwiatkowski. Islamic Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. pp. 272–274, cat. no. 114, ill.

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