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Lot 380: Pair of Dragon Engraved and Inlaid Japanese Matchlock Pistols

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Pair of Dragon Engraved and Inlaid Japanese Matchlock Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

A) Japanese Matchlock Pistol

Manufacturer: Japanese
Model: Matchlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 13 inch flat top round
Finish: gold/silver/brown
Grip:
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 527
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 232
Class: Antique
Description:

The Japanese used matchlock firearms for centuries, but the pistols (tanzutsu) were and remain less common than full length arquebuses. Matching pairs like this are even rarer. These pistols have a dragon wrapped around a sword design engraved on the barrels and highlighted with silver and gold, blade and grooved block sights, and some floral accents.

Rating Definition:

Fine with dark brown patina on the barrel, aged patina on the brass and inlays, and mild overall wear. The stock is also fine and has some mild dings and scratches and some faint hairline cracks. Mechanically fine.



B) Japanese Matchlock Pistol

Manufacturer: Japanese
Model: Matchlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 13 inch flat top round
Finish: gold/silver/brown
Grip:
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 527
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 232
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Fine with mostly dark brown patina along the barrel, aged patina on the brass and inlays, and mild overall wear. The stock is also fine and has some minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.



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