Indian blunderbuss with percussion

This is a percussion blunderbuss bearing the JPR/EXR/2| markings typical of Indian weapons coming from Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. JPR could stand for Jaipur and EXR would stand for Export, followed by a serial number.

On some photos, the gun appears to be yellow, which might suggest a bronze construction for use by the navy. However, other images let's see a damask-type steel, a very advanced technique in India at the time of this weapon.

Cf : Most of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century barrels in Jodhpur are pechdar though many late seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century damascus matchlock barrels combine this with jauhardar. Judged by the evidence provided by Rajput sword construction in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the more sophisticated barrels were Mughal in origin. Damascus pattern is a technique associated with Muslim craftsmen but these, including arms makers, were well integrated into the Hindu states.

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For a discussion on an almost identical paper clip :

For a bid on another Indian trombone :

HPH, Oscar and Chris.

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