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Lot 379: Japanese Tanegashima Matchlock Arquebus

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Inlaid Japanese Tanegashima Matchlock Arquebus

Estimated Price: $1,300 - $1,900

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: 371
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 232
Class: Antique

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.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus with mellow aged patina on the silver and brass and dark patina along the crisp barrel, minor dings and scratches, an absent inlay on the bottom of the stock, and mild overall wear. The hammer is slightly bent inward and the lock needs work (sear insecure).

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