Revolving Matchlock Musket
Place of Origin: WESTERN INDIA
Date: 17th Century
Overall: 55.5" Inches
A scarce matchlock musket with revolving multi-shot cylinder, from Western India. The stock is painted black with an arched panel at the butt-end and finished by a similar design at the breach-end. Contained within these arches are colorful Mughal-style flower sprays that lead the eye to the central area where further motifs can be found. The polished steel cylinder is marked with a presumed armory marking of ‘SK12’ and has four chambers.
The famous Samuel Colt is known to have studied a weapon similar to this one, which was then at the Tower of London and now forms part of the collection at the Royal Armouries, Leeds (XXVIF.2). Colt would illustrate the musket in a lecture he gave in London on revolver design in 1851.
Another comparable musket is published in the book accompanying the traveling exhibition Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India.
Sold at Christie Manson & Woods, London, 1973, lot 162 (illustrated). Achieved price: 280 guineas. A copy of the catalog is available upon request.
 The Royal Armouries, object no. XXVIF.2, see: https://collections.royalarmouries.org/object/rac-object-30642.html
 K. Jasol, Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India, 2017, p.118, no.4.20.