Georgia or Dagestan, early 19th century. 14 1/4" total length. 7 5/8" flared muzzle barred of distinctly patterned Damascus twist steel with a double line medial terminating in arabesques, nearly obscured by the patterning. Miquelet flintlock. Finely grained Circassian walnut full stock elaborately inlaid with bone and mother of pearl and "coral" cabochons. Bone butt plate. Crisp, bright and excellent throughout. Very rare and dating to the most turbulent period of history for the region as it changed from Persian to Russian rule and back again before settling under Russian rule in 1813. In the 1820s and 30s open rebellion against Russia was supported by the Imamate of Dagestan and continued until 1864.