Rare silver gun powder-box Taliq with fine filigree and crude gold on-lays (soldered on) The gold-onlay contains stamped inscriptions in a script unknown to me (Indian script?), see the slide-show for details. The gold-onlays also have fine (stamped) floral decorations. Gun powder is put in from the top and is released at the bottom when the lever on the side of the main body is pulled. Maybe the crude on-lays were added later?
This powder box was used to put powder in the powder-pan (very small bowl) at the end of the barrel next to a tiny hole going inwards to the powder and the bullet. The powder in the pan is lighted by the fuse and subsequently the gun fires. The weights is ... grams and ... cm in size.
When the musket was no longer used (around 1880) boys would wear it as an amulet on their back. Ref 2 Stuhlmann 1910 page 127 also refers to the filigree silver work on the khanjars, curved silver powder horns and silver tubes (in bandoleers) that used were used in the past by the irregular soldiers of the Sultan.