- Robert E. Petersen Collection
- Ancient Firearms - 1350 to 1700
- Road to American Liberty - 1700 to 1780
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- The American West - 1850 to 1900
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- World War I and Firearms Innovation
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- Modern Firearms - 1950 to Present
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- A Nation Asunder - 1861 to 1865
Turkish/Balkan Rat-tail pistols
This pair of Turkish/Balkan rat-tail flintlock pistols features cast silver stocks embellished by elaborate filigree carving and engraving. Even the loading ramrod is fitted with a similar silver handle and related cylindrical tube which conceals a stiletto dagger. Worn as a symbol of rank and status, it is believed this pair of pistols was never fired.
The iron of the barrel and lockplate protects the silver stocks from tarnishing in a chemical partnership where the less noble of the metals would oxidize (tarnish) first.