Central Asia, India, British Colonial Period, Mughal, ca. first half of the 19th century CE. A fine musket known as a bandukh toradar (literally "matchlock gun") of a lengthy form with a wooden backstock marked with "104" and "149" on one side and "117" on the other. The rifle has a slender iron barrel with sights on both ends and an arsenal number "149" near the back, and the midsection secured to the forestock with a pair of brass straps. The tab-shaped trigger operates a pinched iron hammer meant to hold a lit match of fuse to the flash pan beneath in order to ignite the gunpowder compacted within. Large floral panels are displayed just above the trigger, and affixed to the butt end is a form-fitting iron cap. Size: 57" L x 1.7" W (144.8 cm x 4.3 cm); (barrel): 38.5" L (97.8 cm); (bore): 0.6" W (1.5 cm)
Cf. a similar example with elaborate etchings, please see The Royal Armouries Collections, Oriental Gallery, Leeds, object number XXVIF.98
Provenance: ex-estate of Eldert Bontekoe, Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, acquired in July 2017; ex-Fagan Arms, Clinton Township, Michigan, USA
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Original ram rod missing as shown. Restoration to both brass ringlets securing barrel to forestock. Stabilization to forestock and backstock in several areas. Matchlock hammer mechanism is non-functional. Abrasions and nicks across most surfaces. Great patina throughout. Rifle has not been tested for firing functionality.