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pistol, flintlock / percussion conversion

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  • Other titles
    • Arab Maiuluk flintlock / percussion conversion pistol [19th century] (descriptive name)
    • Col. CER Mackesy, NZMR, NZEF (associated name)
  • Description
    Arab Maiuluk flintlock pistol [19th century]
    brass mounted pistol; flintlock to percussion conversion; approx. .60 inch calibre; brass furniture; imitation/replica ramrod; smoothbore; barrel end squashed; cheaply decorated; forewood split at barrel end
    star and crescent moon on trigger guard
    missing parts: hammer, rear wood strap plate on wood stock
    maker: not known [Egyptian / Arab gun tradition]
  • Place
  • Other Number
    W0309, 1926.195, 309072
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    27 October 1927
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
pistol, flintlock / percussion conversion, 1926.195, W0309, 309072, Photographed by Richard NG, digital, 11 Jan 2017, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1926.195, W0309
  • Notes
    Maiuluk flintlock pistol (Arab)
    Collected during WW1 by Colonel Charles Ernest Randolph Mackesy CMG, CBE, DSO (1861-1925)

    Charles Mackesy, a married man with several children, volunteered for service on the outbreak of war and left New Zealand with the rank of Lieut. Colonel, as officer commanding the Auckland Mounted Rifles. After a brief period on Gallipoli he returned to Egypt to take charge of the New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade Base. On several occasions during the 1916-1918 Sinai-Palestine campaigns he commanded the Mounted Rifles. His services were honoured with the award of a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and his appointment as Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1917. During late 1918 he served briefly as military governor of Salt and Amman, and stayed on for several months as advisor to the new Arab administration. In 1919 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

    Charles Mackesy returned to New Zealand in 1919 and resumed farming near Whangarei. He died of heart failure in 1925. His collection was shortly afterwards presented to the Museum by Mrs Mackesy.

    Three of his sons also served overseas during the war, and one, Harry Mackesy, was killed during the assault on Chunuk Bair in August 1915.

  • Event
    28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Person
  • Place
  • Collection
  • Production
    unknown (gunmaker)
    19th Century
    World War 1, 1914-18, wars
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 410mm
      (overall: 410 mm barrel: 245 mm calibre:)
    • 0 - Whole length : 245mm
    • 0 - Whole width : 45mm
    • 0 - Whole height : 85mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    5 January 2015

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