One of Europe's rarest gun types. A fine example, with mother of pearl inlaid stock.
Cartridge pouches 57 x 14 x 2 cm
Powder flask 34 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm
Pouches 339 grams
Flask 230 grams
Leather, cotton thread, lacquer, iron.
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A nice example of Ottoman cartridge pouches to be attached to a belt. It features a series of 20 compartments, the cartridges are protected from the elements by means of three leather flaps.
Each flat is decorated with tooled appliques with stylized floral motifs. Leather strips on the corner of each flap prevent them from opening unwantedly. Some of these are later replacements. Four straps on the back attach it to a belt. Good condition overall with minimal losses.
The powder flask is of typical Ottoman form with a round belly and a long narrow neck. It is made of three pieces of hardened leather, stitched together, lacquered, and carved with simple decorations. It was suspended from the belt by means of two iron rings. Cap is missing.
Portrait of an Efe or Zeybek wearing a similar form of pouches with flaps.
Efe or Zeybek were militia of the Aegean area, some turned bandit instead.
Izmir region. Late 19th century. Unknown photographer.
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