Gold & Ivory or Pearl Handmade Black Powder Pistols!

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by CHAMPION54, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. CHAMPION54

    CHAMPION54 New Member

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    I have a pair of old handmade black powder pistols that have tons of gold and hand carved pieces of ivory or pearl, I cant find info on these anywhere or know anybody that does, thats why I came here in hopes somebody can help me figure out what I have my hands on, I can post pics if this is of any interest to you or if you have a clue of what they are or what they might be worth.

    The only story I have about these pistols is that they were found on a dead soldier in the middle east and brought back to the us by a soldier and given to my grandfather as a gift.

    Thanks for taking time to read and any info would be great.
     
  2. griffin81

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    Detailed pics always help!!!

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  3. CHAMPION54

    CHAMPION54 New Member

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    Yes Sir, I will try to get some on here right now. All I have is my cell for pics so ill try my best and check back in a few and I should have some on here.
     
  4. CHAMPION54

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    Here they are, They are not great quality but its all I can do at the moment.
     

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  6. griffin81

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    My brother had done two 1 year tours in Iraq and Afghanistan I sent him pics of the guns u have he said they are hard to find over there but not un seen he said those are some of the nicer ones he's seen. The amount of mother of pearl work is unbeleavable. He's supose to get on here later and look into them more! Are there any makers marks or anything on the pistols they are really great and would look awesome in a nice case on my mantel If u are looking to mail them to Arkansas to me. Lol.

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  7. orangello

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  8. CHAMPION54

    CHAMPION54 New Member

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    Just 4 digit serial number.
     
  9. trip286

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    I would think the triggers and trigger guards are probably brass, but the inlays are MOP, and likely gold. Whatever, I totally understand your interest in IDing them, but I'd just be happy as a pig in sh#* just to have them within sight. Obsofreakinglutely gorgeous. I have a thing for old stuff, even things that just look old.
     
  10. CHAMPION54

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    Trip I think the same thing, and im very lucky to have came accross them they are absoulutly GREAT.
     
  11. CHAMPION54

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    Bump, Still searching for answers and info about these pistols.
     
  12. trip286

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    Man I've been looking, but I haven't found anything. It does look middle eastern though, reminds me of a musket an old Afghani used to like to shoot at me.
     
  13. CA357

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    I thing the metal inlay may be brass rather than gold. They're beautiful and obviously handmade. I think it may be possible to narrow them down to a region and possibly an approximate time period, but to identify them any more than than will be difficult. There are/were many gunmakers in the Middle East.

    I think that the inlay pattern may be the best lead you have. Various tribal regions had favorite patterns.
     
  14. CHAMPION54

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    Yeah the man that gave them to my grandfather was in iraq when he found them, but I dont know what time period that was and even then who knows how old they might be.
     
  15. CHAMPION54

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    Idk the inlay is different then the brass on the trigger and gaurds, Its different material but idk what else it could be. I might have to take them on pawn stars or american guns to have them identified lol because somebody has to have info on these somewhere and if not then they night be worth more if they are one of a kind considering the amazing pearl work and gold,
     
  16. CA357

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    Please keep us in the loop, this is a great gun mystery. :cool:
     
  17. orangello

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    Out of curiosity, do you have a down-the-barrel picture and description?
     
  18. CHAMPION54

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    I do not, all I have to take pictures at the time is my cell phone and there is no flash.
     
  19. rdstrain49

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    I'm thinking they are Turkish
     
  20. trip286

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    They would definitely appear to be, but many things over there show Turkish and Persian influences. That just makes it even harder.