Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 44: Unique Japanese Marked Brass Triple Barrel Percussion Pistol

Auction Date: December 3, 2010

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,000

Unique Japanese Marked Brass Triple Barrel Percussion Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41
Barrel: 4 inch flat sided
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Item Views: 1788
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 15
Class: Antique

Produced during the 1800s, this unique percussion pistol features a frame and three barrels made from one solid piece of brass. Outfitted with cannon muzzles, a single tapered cone sight is mounted in line with the center hammer, and a ramrod is secured with pipes to the underside. The left side bears an indistinct proof or maker's mark. On top of the frame is a blue steel lock plate, with the three hammers and three triggers, with the right trigger straight and the middle and left triggers curved for ease of access. Checkered one piece bag shaped grip, with sunburst designs near the frame, checkering on the sides and a series of Japanese characters running down the back. These characters or symbols are custom stampings which are often found on Japanese weapons, including imports, suggesting this arm was produced in Europe and later brought into Japan.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. An aged patina is visible on the brass, and the upper frame plate shows half of the original blue finish, with pitting and a brown patina around the screw. The grip is very good with several scattered minor nicks and dings. The checkering is crisp. The Japanese characters remain crisp and clear. Mechanically fine

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