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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2021, 02:08 PM
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Posted By Philip
I recognize these markings as being typical of a...

I recognize these markings as being typical of a 19th century trade gun from Braga, Portugal.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2021, 07:05 AM
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Posted By Philip
Thanks for the numerous photos accompanying your...

Thanks for the numerous photos accompanying your post. Of interest is the fluted buttstock and also a level of fit and finish that is above that of many north African guns (especially those from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2021, 11:19 PM
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Posted By Philip
Rick, the three-screw attachment is an archaic...

Rick, the three-screw attachment is an archaic stylistic holdover from the 17th cent., retained on 19th - turn of the 20th cent. trade gun locks in the Portuguese style. These were widely made for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th May 2021, 10:11 PM
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Posted By Philip
That might have been true a half-century ago, but...

That might have been true a half-century ago, but in more recent media images I have noted show Tibetan nomads allowed to keep arms for hunting carrying bolt-action Mosin-Nagant M1891s and Mauser...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th May 2021, 10:05 PM
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Posted By Philip
survival of matchlocks outside of Europe

Here is an example of a matchlock dated 1844 with a Spanish inscription on the lockplate, from a remote area in one of the Spain's former colonies in the Americas. What is notable, besides the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th March 2021, 04:05 AM
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Posted By Philip
That is an impressive example of a Cretan-made...

That is an impressive example of a Cretan-made gun! It appears to have a higher standard of fit and finish than many Balkan guns, and the heavily French design of the stock is quite elegant, too. A...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2021, 01:33 AM
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Posted By Philip
Here is a higher-class example of a 19th cent....

Here is a higher-class example of a 19th cent. Liège-made fowler in Portuguese style,of better quality than the average "trade" musket, with a hybrid Portuguese-French lock as explained previously
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2021, 01:30 AM
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Posted By Philip
an export Portuguese lock for comparison

Attached are a couple of photos showing an example of a fecho de nó made in the 19th cent. for export, probably at Braga (Portugal) or Liège. It is "in the white", unused and most likely never...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2021, 01:10 AM
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Posted By Philip
two varieties of Portuguese locks, explained

Thanks for the additional photos showing us the lock interior.

What you see is perhaps a North African- made version of the most common of the Portuguese-designed flint mechanisms. It's called...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2021, 04:57 AM
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Posted By Philip
Could you please share a photo of the INSIDE of...

Could you please share a photo of the INSIDE of your lock? I might have some more info on it if I could verify what the internal mechanism looks like.
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