Language: Malay / English
Source: Period accounts

Description

Padri gun is the name used for a Malay matchlock musket.1

Alternatively, satingar was used. 2

 

"Het Maleise vuurwapen was het nu nog slechts zeer weinig voorkomende lontgeweer, dat wij Padri-geweer, en de Minangkabauers satengga, sitingga of sitongga noemen, en waarvan een afbeelding hierbij staat." 3

My translation:

The Malay firearm was the now very scarcely encountered matchlock musket, which we call Padri-gun, and the Minangkabauers call satengga, sitingga or sitongga.

-Louis Constant Westenenk, 1908

 

Padri geweer

The gun referred to in Westenenk's article.

 

"The name of the matchlock is satingar, a corruption of the Portuguese espingardão, and the fire-lock is called sânapang, a corruption of the Dutch snappaan." ... "The names for gunpowder itself are a little singular. In Malay it is called ubat-bâdil, which literally means "missile-charm:" in Javanese it is ubat, or "charm" alone." 2

-John Crawford, 1856

 

 

 

An unusual short padri gun

An unusual short "padri gun".
Mandarin Mansion stock 2020.

Notes
1. Louis Constant Westenenk; Het Padri-geweer. Weekblad voor Indië. Nummer 18, 5de jaargang. Page 884-885.
2. John Crawford; A descriptive dictionary of the Indian Islands & adjacent countries. Bradbury and Evans, Printers and Whitefriars, London, 1856. Page 23.
3. Louis Constant Westenenk; Het Padri-geweer. Weekblad voor Indië. Nummer 18, 5de jaargang. Page 884-885.

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