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    Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Bra Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inl Muzzleloader 22 bore Rifles

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    Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Bra Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inl Rifles
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    • Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Bra Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inl Muzzleloader 22 bore  Rifles
    • Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Bra Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inl Muzzleloader 22 bore  Rifles for sale in United Kingdom
    • Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Bra Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inl Muzzleloader 22 bore  Rifles for sale

    SUPERB, RARE, Edo Period Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inlaid Silver Dragon Decoration To The Barrel. Signatures To Wood & Metal . Sn 13991 13991

    The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target. These pieces were made through to the late 19th century under Tokugawa Licence as special orders for Samurai families who needed to maintain their status in parades that took place during annual festivals. This Japanese matchlock has a fully functioning brass action and ornate fittings. It was made during the Edo period (1603-1868) & has a massive 41 ¾” long blued octagonal barrel with cannon muzzle which is .595” at the muzzle opening (approx. 22 Bore). The smooth bore has staining consistent with age. It has a blade fore sight and block rear sight. It measures 54 ¼” overall length. It has a full wood stock with heavy brass barrel bands and ornate inlaid brass and silver inlay fittings including floral, smoke / flame & Animal forms together with a large ornate silver inlaid stylised Dragon applied to the barrel. The underside of the stock has a small solid silver floral, possibly Oak leaf emblem pinned to the wood. It has a brass ball trigger on the underside of the stock within a brass trigger guard. The action correctly moves the 'quick match' to the powder pan and the weapon is fitted with wood ram rod. There are no visible Japanese gunsmith or family signatures on the exterior of this piece but the underside of the barrel and inside of the wood has faint Japanese script signatures most likely to the Gunsmith and family who commissioned the piece. We are undertaking translation of the signatures and will provide the findings to the purchaser of this piece. The price for this highly desirable, rare matchlock includes UK delivery. NB As an antique matchlock musket no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 13991
    £3750
    £ 3,750
    Category:Rifles
    Subcategory:Muzzleloader
    Condition:Used - Good condition for age
    Price:£ 3,750
    Sale type:Trade
    Make:Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Bra
    Calibre:22 bore
    Model:Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inl
    Manufactured Year:Edo Period Japanese Samurai
    Antique:yes
    Certificate:No Licence - Antique/Obsolete Calibre - Section 58 (2) Firearms Act 1968
    Barrel length:41 3/4 inches
    Overall length:54 1/4 inches
    Your reference:13991
    Gun Status:Activated
    Recommended Usage:Collection item
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    Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Bra Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inl Muzzleloader 22 bore  Rifles
    Japanese Samurai 22 Bore Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Bra Matchlock Musket With Cannon Barrel, Silver Inlay & Brass Fittings Including Inl Muzzleloader 22 bore Rifles
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