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wood, brass, silver, metal, chicken wing wood
Late 18 to early 19th century
Sumatra, 18 tot 19th century
A late 18th to 19th century Malay 'Padri' or 'Satingar' matchlock musket. One of three currently for sale. These are heavy guns that don't have a ramrod. The lowerling of the bullit was achieved simply by stumping the gun with the butt on the ground. The lock mechanism is complete with its two fuse holders. I have yet to see a good condition barrel on these guns. The monsoon seasons have taken their toll on these steel barrels.
This example has been restored by a professional restorer. The bolt in front of the trigger guard is a handcrafted replacement. Original brass parts with some having remains of silver gilding. The chicken wing wood stock is untouched and in good condition. Overall size is 168cm with an 18mm calibre barrel.
UPM’s Malay Heritage Museum
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, National Museum Negara
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