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Walking stick gun 1870-75

Steel, gold, wood, emeralds and rubies | 103.4 x 6.6 x 2.6 cm (whole object) | RCIN 11484

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A walking-stick gun made of steel overlaid with gold. It transforms into a three-section gun with sprung percussion action and concealed sprung trigger cocked by pulling the handle back. The barrel section unscrews to reveal a percussion nipple; the ferrule extends and is attached to a wooden ramrod fitted in the muzzle to conceal the barrel. The handle is in the form of a makara, a mythical dragon-like creature usually associated with Hindu iconography. The head is inlaid with rubies, emeralds and a turquoise.