Jaipur Arsenal Matchlock
Origin: Rajasthan - Jaipur
Date: 19th century
Materials: Rosewood, steel and hide
A very good quality Indian Matchlock Torador with a Jaipur Arsenal inventory marking.
THE INDIAN MATCHLOCK
A toradar is an Indian matchlock which dates back to the 16th century. It was a preferred firearm in India well until the mid 19th-century because of its simple and cost effective design. They were found mostly in the Mughal-influenced Northern and Central India. Most ornamental ones were adorned with paintings or gold. Whereas practical examples were simple.
Our example of the Indian matchlock musket is of the standardised build, coming in at 120cm. Marked on the barrel 'is JPR/ EXR/ 2|5169', meaning this particular matchlock is from the Jaipur Armoury. Opposite this, there is an inscription in Hindi ‘H V H', which are probably the initials of the owner . Towards the butt, there is another numerical inscription ‘941’. So throughout the matchlock, there is a consistent amount of inventory markings.
The barrel has some light surface rust but the overall build quality and finish is very good. The majority of the matchlock consists of red hardwood stock, which has a fine smooth polish to it. There are also brass fittings to keep the barrel secure and attached to the hardwood stock. The muzzle is decorated with an engraved pattern, almost representing a flower bud. Complete with a straight steel ramrod.
A simple but very nice and beautiful matchlock.
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