Old Black Powder Gun of Unknown Origin

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by CtJohnson, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. CtJohnson

    CtJohnson New Member

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    Jan 2, 2012
    East Texas
    Does anyone out there have any ideas as what this gun is, where it is from, how old it is and how much it is worth?

    There are know visible markings anywhere to identify it. Although it does have vary intricate stamping/engraving in the brass bands that hold it together that may be helpful to someone who is knowledgeable. I have more pictures if need be.

    Thanks,
    CtJ
     

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  2. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Sitka, Alaska
    My guess is it's an Afghan jezail. If you Google JEZAIL you'll find illustrations and a brief history of these arms.
     
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  3. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    As posted by nmckenzie, it is a mid eastern Jezail. Some of these are works of art and can bring a few dollars. Yours is a hard used working gun and with the broken stock would be in the lower values, perhaps 100 to 150 for someone to hang on the wall and lie about it at parties.:)
     
  4. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Sitka, Alaska
    CtJohnson: If you hop on this forum's Search and tap in Jezail you'll find some additional photos and comments. I've got one of these things - had it for decades. I'd post some pictures but the lady of the house (resident computer wizard) is down in Dallas at the moment for a seminar. My jezail's a flintlock, nearly five feet long, has thirteen fairly intricate brass stock bands, and many, many random shaped inlays of what looks like mother of pearl. It's rusty, but still functions mechanically. Barrel looks like some tribal gunmaker's take on a Brown Bess's. Dismounted the barrel just for the heck of it years ago, and observed evidence of at least one blowout with subsequent heating and bashing a patch into place. Getting it to Alaska when I moved from New York was interesting. Luckily a friend is in the auto parts business, so the jezail got mailed in a box previously occupied by a Jeep bumper. Would I ever attempt to fire my jezail? Not on your life.
     
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