While the Chinese are hailed for inventing gunpowder and the
The elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China fro
A very fine Malay matchlock or "satingar" with Indo-Portuguese style luck.
Cochinchina, second half of the 18th century.
A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
A nice example with fossil elephant or mastodon molar butt plates.
Of Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.
With markings attributing it to Jalore.
A very fine, long and slender example with elaborate golden damascening.
A number of downsized Indian toradar with such lavish inl
With Ottoman twisted "damascus" barrel and fine mother-of-pearl inlaid stock.
A nice example of a rare, shorter carbine sized Tibetan matchlock musket.
The main disadvantage of early firearms was the long time it took to reload them.
One of Europe's rarest gun types. A fine example, with mother of pearl inlaid stock.