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A Large Japanese Matchlock Gun

A Large Japanese Matchlock Gun


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1333685

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A rare, heavy-barrelled matchlock gun deeply damascened in gold and silver and mounted with front and rear sights. Its iron, octagonal barrel rests on a wood stock with Watanabe and Tokugawa mons, the spring and match holder deeply engraved with silver scrollwork. The cannon’s muzzle is richly inlaid with gold and silver floral scrollwork and dragons writhing among curling clouds. This impressive weapon and artwork is in very good condition with only minor surface wear, commensurate with age and use. Includes custom-made stand. (The elaborate signature refers to masters of old: Shibatsuji Chosaemon Sozayemon-Kuniko. Osaka Sakai. This revered maker was one of the five noted blacksmiths in Osaka during the Edo Period; his ancestor, Saemon, the maker of the first matchlock-gun to appear in Japan, in the 1600’s.) Length: 29” Late Edo Period, Japan