European, 19th century, said to be used by “brigands and criminals.” 6” overall, forged iron with large diamond-shaped skull crusher pommel. Bored to .48 cal. With percussion nipple threaded to the breech. Both sides boldly chiseled with scrolls. The conical nipple would presumably accommodate a paper cap pasted in place which would be ignited by manually striking it. That cumbersome process relegates it to being an assassin’s weapon or used by highwaymen in ambush. This weapon recently came to market in Italy and all indications are that it was made and used in Italy where assassinations were common and bands of brigands ambushed and killed their victims. Well worthy of further research as we were unable to find any comparable examples.