Object Title

Snaphaunce sporting gun (mukhala)

Snaphaunce sporting gun (mukhala)



Object Number



Purchased, 1859.

Physical Description

The barrel is octagonal at the breech becoming round above a moulding. The rounded portion is chiselled with a fine raised sighting rib. At the muzzle are two mouldings and a flaring muzzle that is carved to ressemble two opening leaves. The octagonal region is gold overlaid with a long Arabic inscription on the top flat, tendrils on either side. There is further foliate overlay at the muzzle.The lock is based on an early Dutch pattern except that the pan terminates in an octagon with a coral bead at the centre. The cock, lock plate, and frizzen are all inlaid with decorated silver plaques, the buffer and frizzen spring guard with gold overaly. The gun is full stocked to the muzzle and has extensive foliate inlay of silver (?) wire and a short inscription opposite the lock. The trigger guard is of iron overlaid in gold. The large ivory butt cap is decorated on the end with dot and circle decoration in red and green. There are five silver bands around the barrel.


Dimensions: The length of the barrel is 1280 mm, the overall length of the gun is 1640 mm. Weight: The weight of the gun is 3.45 kg.


14 mm.

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscriptions on the barrel and stock.



This is said to have belonged to the 'Viceroy of Tetuan', to have been confiscated by the Emperor of Morocco, and to have come into the possession of a merchant, who offered it for sale in England. This type of flared butt is typical of Tetuan, see A C Tirri, Islamic weapons, Maghrib to Moghul, 2003, fig. 2. A7.722 centre gun.