Serial Number: None
Year of Manufacture: 1700s to Early 1800s
Caliber: The bore measures .60” about ½” behind the muzzle.
Action Type: Matchlock, Black Powder Muzzle Loader
Markings: There are hand etched marks on the metal parts and on some of the metal edges. (Please See Photos)
Barrel Length: Approximately 47”
Sights / Optics: The front sight has worn away. The rear sight is filled. It was an aperture sight in the metal extension at the rear of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is made of different metals, wood and animal hide. The butt pad is leather with an animal skin cover; it fits loosely. The wooden forearm is shows bare unfinished wood where it has broken at the front. The front of the forearm is cracked in half. It is held together by two metal bands that wrap around the forearm and are nailed in place. There are many sharp edges and high spots. The stock is in about Poor condition. (Please See Photos)
Type of Finish: Blue Barrel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The smooth bore is dark. There is erosion and fouling throughout.
Overall Condition: The rifle shows surface erosion, pitting, thinning, scrapes and scratches. The barrel is slightly bent. It is in Poor condition.
Mechanics: The trigger lowers the arm when it is pulled upwards. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork& Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This matchlock rifle has seen better days, but is an interesting rifle with a story. It is consistent in style with North African (Moroccan) rifles which supports the information given to us by the consignor. The consignor of this rifle received it from an older gentleman who served as a doctor in Africa. As the story goes, the Doctor saved the life of a sick girl whose father was head of the Tribe. In gratitude the doctor was given the matchlock rifle which was one of the chief’s most prized possessions. Whether the story is believed or not, the hand etched metals, simple craftsmanship and the animal skin are very indicative of tribal work. The rifle was probably added to and repaired through the years as it was passed down from owner to owner. This would make a great conversation piece that you can display in your home or office as “historic folk art”.