A 22 bore Balkan flintlock holster pistol, second quarter of the 19th century. Probably Boka Kotorska or Ionnima or Jannina, with engraved tapering barrel formed with a flat and applied with small brass panels over the bridge. The tang overlaid with nielloed silver panels, decorated with conventional foliage, boarder engraved bevelled lock. Full stock encased with finely nielloed silver against the punched parcel guilt ground. Decorated with a running pattern of flowers and foliage over the forend, an allegorical figure, perhaps, Ceres and an exotic bird head on the trigger guard. The butt decorated with stylist side rococo scrolls, further figures, flowers and foliage. Small pommel formed with a raised terminal. Trigger guard decorated en-suite. A slender simulated ramrod. In good working order and good condition. Barrel measuring 24cms and overall length 39.5cms. These pistols formed part of a group that were almost certainly made for the Greeks at the court of King Otto in the 3rd decade of the 19th century as part of the Greek romantic revival following the war of liberation. Another example is illustrated in Elgoods publication dated 2009, pp 62-3.