From the William Fagan Ltd. Collection

The 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 influence under which the Barbary states were loosely organized, with a good 13 5/8” Damascus twist barrel, octagonal section, tapered through its length and struck with Spanish maker’s and town marks surrounded by foliate stamps. Silver banded breach. Flat plate lock with throat hole cock and spurious signatures. Wood stock with elegant fish tail butt similar to European matchlocks and saddle ring to the left. Separate transverse butt plate in the Algerian style. A fascinating example eminently suitable for shore raids on coastal European towns or shipboard fighting. 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: FNS9562

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