Only example we know of. Algerian/Libyan, C.1800, the period of the Barbary Wars during which a young American navy broke the strangle hold which Barbary pirates had on the Western Mediterranean. This example of distinctly Ottoman under which the Barbary states were loosely organized, with a fine 13 3/4” barrel, skillfully and crisply chiseled in foliate rococo motifs reflecting its Mediterranean roots. Flat plate lock with swan neck cock. Wood stock with elegant fish tail butt similar to European matchlocks. Separate transverse butt plate in the Algerian style. A fascinating example eminently suitable for shipboard fighting or shore raids on coastal European towns. It is estimated that Barbary pirates captured between 1 and 1 1/4 million Europeans who were subsequently sold into slavery in the Arab world.

Stock Number: FNS4532

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