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Old November 2, 2011, 09:34 AM   #1
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Help Identify Old Flintlock Handgun

I'm not sure where this gun came from - it's been around my grandmother's house as long as I can remember...

Sorry the pics aren't that great.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old November 2, 2011, 09:42 AM   #2
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Detailed photos of both sides, top, bottom, lock, trigger, and any markings would be required to make even an educated guess as to what you have. I would suggest that if you are really interested, get in touch with a recognized firearms appraiser, and pay the going rate.
Other than that, your guess is as good as mine.
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Old November 2, 2011, 12:51 PM   #3
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Looks like a very crude decorator piece, doesn't appear it was built to shoot.

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Old November 2, 2011, 01:43 PM   #4
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Looks like a very crude decorator piece, doesn't appear it was built to shoot.
+1. Although I'm far from being an expert on the history of interior decorating, I go to a lot of garage sales, and faux flintlock guns seem to have been a minor home decor trend in the early 1970s. They seem to go together with dark wood paneling, burnt orange shag carpet, and the living room cabinet with a built-in turntable and 8-track player. The crudely painted gold leaf embellishments and rough metalwork are a hallmark of these "guns". They're built to be wallhangers.

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Do not even THINK of attempting to fire this piece!! Loss of fingers and eyesight may result!
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Old November 3, 2011, 09:14 AM   #5
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Cmpare your "flintlock" with a Dixie gun works catalog,

especially the lock parts. The "wimpiness" of the flint hammer stands out.

Endorse the SAFETY WARNINGS noted!!
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Old November 3, 2011, 12:38 PM   #6
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That thin "hammer" & the pan that appears to be tilted downward away from the flash hole were two that leaped out at me.
The frizzen doesn't look particularly robust, either.
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Old November 3, 2011, 05:11 PM   #7
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I must also agree, I think it is probably a hand made copy never intended for shooting. It looks like it was based on a pistol style favored by the Ottoman Empire rather than the European. Attached is a picture of a very late 1700's Ottoman pistol, not a fancy high grade but a utilitarian gun made for use and carry. The 12 is not original to the pistol but a ID number from the collection I bought it from. Aside from the engraving it has no markings.
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Old November 3, 2011, 08:37 PM   #8
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Decorator piece sold to touristas.

Interesting that they did some (german) silver wire inlay
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Old November 3, 2011, 09:38 PM   #9
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Those "guns" were sold aroud the Med - North Africa, the Middle East, and Spain primarily - to tourists for the equivalent of $10. Some were even imported by decorator supply companies. Warning, though. Even those toys can cause serious problems with British customs who will go rabid-a$$ insane; at best anyone having one will be delayed, at worst threatened, shot, or beaten bloody and maybe thrown in jail for an indefinite period.

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Old November 3, 2011, 11:48 PM   #10
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In any case, it appears to be a copy of the miquelet style flintlock.
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Old November 4, 2011, 12:23 AM   #11
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Hello JWC800, looking through the fog and smoke of all the answers the consensus seems to be that it is a decorative type wall hanger. It was never meant to be a functional firearm. That was also my first impression.
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Old November 4, 2011, 08:44 AM   #12
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I'll ditto the Hunka Junka decorator piece from the mid-east.
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