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Blunderbus carbine
  • Blunderbus carbine
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Turkey
  • early 19th century
  • Steel, wood and silver, blued, inlaid and carved
  • Length: 63.5 cm
    Weight: 1.6 kg
  • OA2066
  • Oriental Armoury
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Further Reading
  • Much of the decoration of this impressive-looking weapon owes its style and inspiration to eighteenth-century France. The stock is deeply carved and inlaid with scrolling silver wire, while the blued steel of the metalwork is heavily encrusted with silver. A saddle-ring and bar have been fitted to enable the gun to be carried and used on horseback, slung from a baldric or from the saddle. Firearms of this type were fired from the thigh or hip and were popular throughout the lands of the Ottoman Empire, but were rarely ever used in this way in western Europe.