Albanian late 18th-early 19th century. 57 1/2" length with 43 3/4" .70 cal cannon muzzle barrel showing distinct damascus twist. Wood stock with flared butt, sheathed nearly entirely in iron chiseled in foliate motifs. Five brass barrel bands. Elgood documents that these were made partially or entirely in Northern Italy (Brescia) which lies across the Adriatic, and was part of the Venetian Empire This example evidently was made and the mounts decorated in Brescia. The brass barrel bands appear to have been made and decorated in Albania Uniform light wear to the steel mounts. The barrel slightly more textured. Minor defects as expected Albania was part of the Ottoman Empire from its very beginning in the 15th century. Among the most pleasing forms for Ottoman long guns.