Lot 78

This rare tabar fighting axe dates to the 17th or 18th century and combines a matchlock pan and cover, with the shaft of the axe being the barrel of the firearm. The end of the shaft unscrews to reveal the muzzle of the firearm and a dagger blade (11 inches / 28cm long) inside. Mounted under the barrel is a ramrod for muzzle loading and there is a lanyard ring mounted to the end of the shaft. The blade of the axe shows signs of being wootz and has filed decoration around the socket. Total length 26 1/2 inches (67cm). (1)

Estimate: £2,000-£2,500