Re: Middle Eastern? Flintlock Pistol
1. Country of Mfgr, best guestimate Turkey. Barrel marks probably not identifiable. Turkey had a government and was a bit ahead of other ME countries.
2. Date of Mfgr. Probably between 1750 & 1850. By European standards, the shape of the lock could be as early as 1700 but Middle East guns copy Europe couple generations later and hang on to early details longer. Other lock characteristics place it closer to 1800 or later.
3. Big pistol in apparently good condition free of amateur attempt at cleaning or improvement might bring $300 or more at auction. I would start it at $300.
Last edited by rhmc24; 09-06-2012 at 12:34 PM..