AN OTTOMAN SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK RIFLE, SIGNED AHMED, ALGERIA, DATED 1236 AH/1820 AD
the octagonal steel barrel, clasped to the forestock with five openwork stamped silver floral bands, detachable rod, the entire length of the stock applied with pierced silver mounts of scrolling foliate form with rosettes towards the butt, silver butt-plate, the steel lock-plate and cock en-suite with inlaid chased silver flowers with leather and silver-gilt thread covering, the ramrod with silver casing, signed and dated
The condition is generally good, there is a small tear to leather strap, some knicks in the wood and areas of minor oxidisation and pitting on the metal (particularly rod) and silver decorations, with very few minor sections of silver inlay decoration missing, notably to butt, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
'work of Ahmed'
dated: 1236 AH (1820 AD)