The Malaysian matchlock musket is one of the rarer types of Asian matchlocks. Examples are typically large and heavy, suggesting their use was mainly from fortifications, resting on walls. Another defining feature of the genre is that they tend to come with robust brass locks of which every part is elaborately decorated.
Overall length: 160.2 cm / 69 inch or 5’9”
Barrel length: 133.4 cm / 49.2 inch
Caliber: 18 mm / .71 inch
Weight: 5285 grams
Origin: 19th century, Malaysia.
Materials: Wood, steel, copper, brass.
It has a long, heavy octagonal smoothbore barrel fitted to the dark wooden stock by means of two iron bands. The butt end has two lobes, a typical profile for Malaysian muskets and a feature that is seen in exaggerated form on traditional muskets of Sri Lanka. The lock is very robust, made of thick brass throughout. Each and every part is decorated, mostly with motifs simulating braided cord in relief. Under the serpentine if the scaly, bifurcated tail of an animal whose head remains out of sight. Even the trigger itself is ornamental.
Some minor repairs to the lock where plates have been reattached to the wood. There may have been a trigger guard at some point: there is a sunken area behind the trigger and an unused hole in front of it, but there is no difference in patination so it was probably lost or dismounted a very long time ago. On the rear of the stock some small decorative panels seem missing, two round ones on each side and an elongated one on the tip. Overall in decent condition. Trigger mechanism works smoothly, pan cover is present.
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