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Lot 2225: Inlaid Japanese Tanegashima Matchlock Arquebus

Auction Date: June 23, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1,600

Inlaid Japanese Tanegashima Matchlock Arquebus

Manufacturer: Japanese
Model: Matchlock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 47
Barrel: 39 1/4 inch octagon
Finish: black/silver/bright
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 336
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Class: Antique

OF - FAIR- some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.


Tanegashima arquebuses were the main firearms used in Japan for around three centuries until the opening of Japan in the mid 19th century. The smoothbore barrel has a triangular front sight, grooved block rear sight, silver inlaid Oda clan kamon, and two untranslated markings. The stock has floral and Japanese lion accents.

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