Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 36: Japanese Matchlock Rifle 50

Auction Date: December 3, 2010

Attractive Japanese Matchlock Rifle with Numerous Engraved Brass Accents

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Attractive Japanese Matchlock Rifle with Numerous Engraved Brass Accents

Manufacturer: Japanese
Model: Matchlock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50
Barrel: 39 inch octagon
Finish: brown
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1566
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 13
Class: Antique

Raised blade front and notch rear sights, with a pair of brass barrel bands, an inlaid scene of a dragon flying amongst clouds ahead of the rear sight, and an inlaid silver mon towards the rear. Brass lock plate, with an engraved scene of a turtle in the ocean on top, ball trigger and a tube guard. Smooth straight grip stock, with 4 floral escutcheon panels on either side of the forearm, additional floral discs around and behind the lock, a silver bordered mon ahead of the trigger guard, brass mon on the underside of the buttstock, a heavenly lion on the right side, a pass-through channel for the match in the wrist and a floral panel on the comb.

Rating Definition:

Very good, with a deep brown patina on the barrel, showing some mild pitting and handling marks. The stock is very good, with mild pressure dents and a few small chips and cracks. Brass is fine, with areas of deep aged patina. Mechanically needs minor adjustment.

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