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Front and rear sights from a "Choshu" Japanese matchlock.

Front and rear sights from a "Choshu" Japanese matchlock.

Japanese matchlock pistol,  bronze barrel deeply engraved with golden and silver inlays of flying birds, grass, and a pattern in the shape of a birds foot on the right side at the breech with golden post front and notch rear sights and small round silver and gold inlays. The smooth lockplate, band at the breech, trigger, and floral side pieces are brass. It is all mounted on a smooth hardwood stock and includes a wooden ramrod with brass tip, 17in.

Japanese matchlock pistol, bronze barrel deeply engraved with golden and silver inlays of flying birds, grass, and a pattern in the shape of a birds foot on the right side at the breech with golden post front and notch rear sights and small round silver and gold inlays. The smooth lockplate, band at the breech, trigger, and floral side pieces are brass. It is all mounted on a smooth hardwood stock and includes a wooden ramrod with brass tip, 17in.

Japanese matchlock pistol, dated 1732, tapering octagonal bronze barrel decorated with damascened dragon in clouds over its full length, muzzle damacened in silver, standing sights damascened in gold and silver, fitted with damacened bronze pan, fence and pan cover, plain bronze lock with figured wooden full stock decorated with five gilt-lacquered Tokugawa mon, small plain bronze mounts and trigger and original wooden ramrod, with Tokugawa mon and three brief inscriptions, 13 5/8 in.

Japanese matchlock pistol, dated 1732, tapering octagonal bronze barrel decorated with damascened dragon in clouds over its full length, muzzle damacened in silver, standing sights damascened in gold and silver, fitted with damacened bronze pan, fence and pan cover, plain bronze lock with figured wooden full stock decorated with five gilt-lacquered Tokugawa mon, small plain bronze mounts and trigger and original wooden ramrod, with Tokugawa mon and three brief inscriptions, 13 5/8 in.

Japanese matchlock pistol (bajou-zutsu), circa 1850, for use on horse back, .5 in bore iron barrel decorated in silver and gold nuome (overlay) with a design of dragons and clouds, triangular fore sight and a grooved block to the rear, oak stock lacquered brown with gold lacquered karakusa (Chinese grass) on each side. Beside the breech is a gold lacquered hollyhock leaf mon (badge) of the Tokugawa or Matsudara families, brass fittings with an iron serpentine. Unsigned Kunitomo school, 26.5…

Japanese matchlock pistol (bajou-zutsu), circa 1850, for use on horse back, .5 in bore iron barrel decorated in silver and gold nuome (overlay) with a design of dragons and clouds, triangular fore sight and a grooved block to the rear, oak stock lacquered brown with gold lacquered karakusa (Chinese grass) on each side. Beside the breech is a gold lacquered hollyhock leaf mon (badge) of the Tokugawa or Matsudara families, brass fittings with an iron serpentine. Unsigned Kunitomo school, 26.5…

Japanese matchlock.

Japanese matchlock.

Triple barreled Japanese matchlock.

Triple barreled Japanese matchlock.

Top: Japan, Wall Gun, 1816, wood, metal.  Middle: Sesshu Tanaka Zengoro (active 19th century), Japan, Wall Gun, 1824, wood, metal.  Bottom: Ashu Oshima Fusanosuke Takaichi (active 19th century), Japan, Standard Gun, Mid-19th century.

Top: Japan, Wall Gun, 1816, wood, metal. Middle: Sesshu Tanaka Zengoro (active 19th century), Japan, Wall Gun, 1824, wood, metal. Bottom: Ashu Oshima Fusanosuke Takaichi (active 19th century), Japan, Standard Gun, Mid-19th century.

Japanese matchlock pistol.

Japanese matchlock pistol.

Rare Japanese matchlock carbine with short barrel and short stock, signed “ Kishu ju Shibatsuji Riemon”. Edo period.

Rare Japanese matchlock carbine with short barrel and short stock, signed “ Kishu ju Shibatsuji Riemon”. Edo period.

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