This massive flintlock pistol is of Persian origin, and was produced either in Tabriz or Isfahan, under the supervision of the British armourers. It's a very close copy of the British New Land Pattern cavalry pistol, which was first introduced in 1796, and quickly gained popularity because of it's rugged design and captive ram-rod, which allowed to load the pistol while on horseback, without worrying about dropping the ramrod.
The Qajar rulers of Persia desperately needed to modernize their army, and westernization was the only way. Small arms production commensed under the oversight of the British in 1810 and fizzled out in 1839. This pistol dates ca.1810-1820.
A very heavy piece, with a rugged lock and thick 23 cm-long .65 caliber barrel, it survives in fine original condition of both the wood and the metal components. Lock is fully functional, and the pistol cocks fine. The patina is dark and uniform throughout.