Matchlock musket (possibly Western China/Tibet; 18th/19th century)

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Early Chinese firearms were influenced by the matchlock long-guns produced in India. Usually very crudely made, they use a simple pivoting match holder or serpentine concealed within the wooden stock. To fire the gun a long curved trigger bar on the underside of the stock is pushed upward to lower the smouldering match into the powder pan attached to the barrel.

The wooden stocks of Chinese muskets are characteristically painted red and the BRLSI example once had a folding fork-rest attached to the fore-end (now missing). On the barrel is an inscription.

Overall length: 150cm

Catalogue no: FA037