Fine and Uncommon Georgian Caucasian 19th C. Miquelet Pistol, silver and niello mounted (ID: rf1133)
Fine and Uncommon Georgian Caucasian 19th C. Miquelet Pistol, silver and niello mounted
|( ID: rf1133 )|
This is a fine example of a 19th C. Caucasian pistol. Beautifully mounted with silver and niello stock mounts over the typical pebbled leather, this example displays rare silver chiseling with animal forms in niello, in the form of birds and a lion. This type of decoration is uncommon to find in silver niello and one example known with this type of work is found on a kindjal in the Hermitage Museum collection, published in K. Rivkin's "Arms and Armor of the Caucasus".
The ball butt is walrus ivory as is typical of the region and the period. The silver mounts have indistinct hallmarks. The barrel is likely an Italian trade barrel as it has the Lazarino Comminazo named chiseled into the top.
A fine Caucasian artifact for the advanced collector.