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Afghan Flintlock Jezail Carbine, Mid-19th C

 

The Afghan jezail has a distinctive curved butt and often used captured or surplus parts from British muskets. This example has a fine quality British East India Company lock marked with the makerís name "BRANDER", the East India Company heart logo surmounted with the number "4", and dated "1805". W. B. Brander (1750-1825) of London made flintlock pistols, muskets, and carbines for the East India Company and had extensive government contracts. Round 16" barrel with flared cannon muzzle, engraved Islamic symbols on the breech, and front bead and rear peep sights; original ramrod. Nut wood stock with horn butt inlaid with bone and capped with brass. Brass mounts include serpentine side plate, decorative barrel tang plate (minor damage), 4 1/2" nose cap, long trigger guard, wide wrist band, two sling swivels, and three barrel bands (forward-most band lacking). Wood and brass have lovely rich patina. Some losses and repairs to brass mounts as typically found. Overall length 29 3/4". Likely a veteran of the Anglo-Afghan Wars.

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