A delightful matching pair of Ottoman pistols, a rare example of an affordable case of pistols with inlay and wonderful Islamic chiselwork in the barrels and locks.
These pistols are made in the European style and date to the first half of the 19th century. The barrels are carved with an Ottoman approximation of foliate arabesque designs with a matching pair of stylised Zulfikar on the barrels. The pistols themselves need some minor restoration one has some small losses to the wood furniture and there are some loose sections of wire inlay too, the second pistol has a few losses to the wire inlay. The mechanisms work well and hold at full cock.
This pair of pistols is £775 of best offer.