210930 - Tribal used Old African Ethiopian Rifle - Ethiopia

€375.00

Ethiopia: Tribal used Old African Ethiopian Rifle.

Ethiopian rifle which measures approximately 140 cm cm long. 

This rifle was made by the Manufacture d'Armes Tulle .No Identical numbers on the parts.This rifle is in a bad condition and is not working and rusted. The photo's are a part of the description.

It was delivered to Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia, presumably through the famous French poet Arthur Rimbaud who lived as an arms dealer in the Ethiopian city of Harrar from 1880 to 1891.

 

The name of the Ethiopian owner is engraved in Amharic characters in the wood off the rifle.

The butt has an inlaid silver coin with the image of Emperor Menelik II.

The rifle was believed to have been used during the Battle of Adua, where in 1896 the Ethiopian army defeated the Italian army that invaded from Eritrea. As a result, Ethiopia remained the only country in Africa that has never been colonized.

The rifle in Ethiopia was deactivated by a clot of lead in the barrel.

Due to its length, it can only be shipped or picked up within Europe.