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Indian battle ax - stiletto - wick gun mid-century 18

Indian battle ax - stiletto - wick gun mid-century 18

At present it is difficult to find good illustrations of wick short-barreled weaponsand if it is possible to find photos of the wick combined weapon, then it is generally a great success. At one of the weapon auctions, an Indian battle ax - stylet - wick gun from the middle of the 18 century is presented. The owner of the collection, who exposed this lot, even indicated the exact year of manufacture of the weapon - 1750.

The weapon consists of a battle ax, a stylet and a single-shot pistol with a wick lock. The battle ax for striking in addition to the blade is equipped with two warhead spikes on the butt and in the upper part of the handle. Battle spikes are in the shape of tetrahedral pyramids.

A shooting device with a wick lock is built into the ax handle. Curved serpentine wick lock passes through the through hole of the handle and is fixed in it on the axis. From the bottom of the serpentine lever is clamped flat spring. When pressing the lower serpentine lever, the spring is compressed and the upper part of the serpentine with the wick clamped is pressed against the powder shelf.

The powder shelf of the wick lock is located on the left side, relative to the chopping part of the ax. The shelf has a hollow hemispherical shape for the seeding powder. Powder shelf covers the cover attached to the axis. The cover of the powder shelf is provided with a handle in the form of a protruding figured rod.

A ramrod, which is a metal rod with an expanding head, is attached to the handle of the battle ax with the help of two rod tubes. The ramrod is designed to fit and clean the wick gun barrel.

Indian battle ax - dagger - wick gun has a tip of the handle "G" -shaped shape.

Eyes, ears, curved trunk and tusks unmistakably indicate that the master stylized the tip of the handle in the form of an elephant's head.

The stylet is removed from the cavity of the handle of the ax. The handle is covered with etched relief pattern, in the form of floral ornament. The handle of the stylet is unscrewed, after which the tube of the handle of the ax, which acts as the trunk of the wick gun, becomes available for equipment with gunpowder and a bullet. Barrel length wick gun 228 mm, caliber bore 0.54.

The surface of the blade of the ax is decorated with a pickled pattern in the form of a floral ornament over the entire surface and a twisted ribbon along the contour of the neck. Elements of the picture is covered with gilding. On the surface of the blade of the stylet there is no relief pattern, although perhaps it simply has not been preserved.

Indian battle ax - stylet - wick gun has a total length of 546 mm. The weapon is quite rare and is made probably either in a single copy, or in very small quantities. This combined pistol-ax-stylet is estimated by experts of weapon antiques in about 3000 - 4000 dollars.
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  1. Free wind
    Free wind 31 October 2015 08: 24
    Interesting!!! The gunsmith made it out of a love of creativity, or ordered some kind of raja. Thanks for posting !!!
  2. 31rus
    31rus 31 October 2015 08: 45
    Beautiful, I would also add a crossbow, more work of art, good photos, thanks
  3. aszzz888
    aszzz888 31 October 2015 09: 18
    31rus (2) RU Today, 08: 45 New
    Beautiful, I would also add a crossbow, more work of art, good photos, thanks

    ... and boxing gloves.
    Sorry, my addition is just humorous.
    1. Rom14
      Rom14 31 October 2015 11: 33
      +2 forgot the sight, damn it, better than the laser ...
  4. Maki Avellevich
    Maki Avellevich 31 October 2015 09: 24
    It is good that at that burden the radio and flashlight were not invented. atom would ...
    1. Mooh
      Mooh 2 November 2015 19: 26
      To hell with him with a flashlight, the main thing is that there were no picatinny bars yet. And then the master could go for all the money smile
  5. Berthan
    Berthan 31 October 2015 09: 55
    Yes, well ... Well, like our shooting knife - somehow this function, somehow that ...
  6. miru mir
    miru mir 31 October 2015 12: 43
    Excellent article.
  7. v1tz
    v1tz 31 October 2015 12: 51
    Elegant gizmo, for the collection the most ...
  8. botuala
    botuala 31 October 2015 14: 18
    Thank you, there are so few articles about knives.
    ALEA IACTA EST 31 October 2015 17: 09
    Very interesting! good
  10. Reptiloid
    Reptiloid 31 October 2015 18: 49
    I liked the article very much.
    Quote: botuala
    Thank you, there are so few articles about knives.

    I read it about such a rare Indian weapon of the time. Although I read books about the life of Indians, the Indians generally kept a lot of secrets.
  11. bad
    bad 3 November 2015 13: 54
    quite to myself and now relevant smile