c1880 North African Kabyle Moukahla Flintlock Musket 2

£450.00




A very nice, impressive looking late 19th century North African Kabyle Berber Flintlock Moukahla Musket. The Moukahla sports a long barrel and uses an archaic snaphaunce lock. The barrel is held to the stock by an array of brass bands. The musket is further decorated with heavy silver overlay design around the lock area. There is also ornate bone, silver bound wire and painted bone inlay. The barrel is a smoothbore with a slightly flared muzzle. It is missing the ramrod. There is a French Louis Philippe silver coin dating to around 1830-1848 set in the stock.
The gun shows overall wear, with a dark patina throughout. There is some bone and metal inlay pieces missing from the stock and some stress crazing and cracks to the bone inlay. The barrel is in good condition, with moderate oxidation. Whist the lock is mechanically fair, it does not stay in the cocked position, nor does the trigger function.
The Kabyle people are a Berber ethnic group indigenous to Kabylia in the north of Algeria, spread across the Atlas Mountains, 160 kilometres (100 mi) east of Algiers. They represent the largest Berber-speaking population of Algeria and the second largest in North Africa.
Size: 163 cm (64 1/8 inches)
Weight: 3465g