Object Title

Miquelet lock rifle (cakmakli tufek)

Miquelet lock rifle (cakmakli tufek)



Object Number



Currently unknown. The rifle's first inventory entry appears to have been recorded on 11/10/1986, but it may have been in the collection before this date.

Physical Description

The barrel is octagonal, flaring slightly towards the muzzle without the usual standing backsight at the breech but with a hinged sight in the European manner. The barrel is bored with rifling of six grooves and lands and is held to the stock with 8 silver bands. There are silver bands inlaid in the barrel at the breech and muzzle. The stock is entirely covered with ivory, profusely inset with brass studs having their heads incised and partially filled with coloured wax or resin. The stock is also ornamented with coral beads and silver plates themselves ornamented with silver filigree. The butt has two rows of prominent round-headed studs in silver. The lock is in iron, of standard miquelet type, having some silver inlay on the back of the frizzen, on the top-jaw and the underside of the mainspring.





15 mm.



There is a well-known group of ivory-veneered, miquelet-lock rifles that are thought to have been used by the body guard of the Ottoman Sultan. Examples from this recognised group are held in collections throughout the world and have been widely published, including the following:

The V&A: accession number 406-1874
Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art: accession numbers MTW 1166 and MTW 865
The Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul: one of several examples is T.S.M. Inv. No. 1/1902
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: accession number 32.75.270
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden: Inventory number G 1169

It is questionable whether this rifle is of the same quality and is perhaps part of the group, but it is indicative of the type.