A Fine Indian Matchlock Torador Long Gun, #1438 Firearms
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A Fine Antique Indian Matchlock 'Torador' Long Gun, circa. 18th century. 52.75", .60 cal. steel barrel with very interesting Damascus pattern (see photos); central section with full length sighting rib; w/decorative GOLD inlay/overlay 'KOFTGARI' at the breech (worn); flared muzzle section w/GOLD 'KOFTGARI'; barrel retained by silver and brass bands 'capucines' and a section of silver wire. Original Steel ram rod w/worked end near muzzle. Slender stock is solid of narrow pentagonal section inlaid with Ivory flower forms, and the right flat has a Duck and the left a Goose; Ivory buttplate; Ebony serpentine housing (at breech) inlaid with decorative Ivory boarders and floral meander; has section of green shagreen (stingray skin) at lower fore-end terminating in a silver heart shaped medallion set with a red cabochon stone; green shagreen section of fore-end to the muzzle. Fitted with sling swivels. Retaining the original chains and vent pick. Trigger pierced and engraved in the form of a leaf. Boarder engraved left and right steel side panels. 72.5" overall length. In good mechanical working order. A fantastic example and one of the best of this type we have ever seen...
Note; The stock has some scratches and dings from years of handling and some Ivory inlays are missing. The green sections of shagreen are very unusual and only the second example we have seen in or out of a Museum.
Ref. Comparable example can be seen in the Wallace Collection, also Elgood, 'Firearms of the Islamic World', figure 103, page. 155-6, 204.
See: BUTTERFIELD & BUTTERFIELD Auction catalog; 'The Dr. Leo S. Figiel Collection of Mogul Arms', August 24, 1998 in San Francisco. Sale # 6824, Vol. A 70.
See: 'FIREARMS OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD in the Taraq Rajab Museum, Kuwait'., by, Robert Elgood, c.1995, page 155-6, 204.
Said to have been exhibited in several Museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in their exhibition India (1985-86).
Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
The Art Institute of Chicago: Arms & Armor.
May have been once owned by the Prince of the Talpur family.
May have come out of the Jaipur Arsenal.