Provenance: Robin Wigington, The Arms & Armour Gallery, Poet’s Arbour
Formed with crescentic blade with reinforced rear-swept tips, the weapon has an engraved bifurcated central blade formed with an additional spike beneath. The moulded collar is chiselled with a monstrous mask on each side while the octagonal haft, also forming the barrel, is strongly swamped at the muzzle and fitted with fore-sight. The haft is engraved with scrolling foliage on the alternate faces, interrupted by a strongly moulded collar at the top, bottom and in the centre.
Fitted with an iron pan with pivot-cover in the centre, the iron hilt is of Khandar form and has the lower portion pierced and chiselled with monsters. A similar combined axe and matchlock pistol was formerly in the collection of George Cameron Stone, preserved in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (No. 36.25.2118. See R.Elgood 2004, p.187).