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#1 Mark

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 04:11 AM

Since i noticed the recent thread about a matchlock i thought i would add this.  I can read Kunitomo _____ Yasuyuki saku, so it is a Kunitomo group gun.   I can add a few pictures if the group is interested

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#2 Bugyotsuji

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 07:13 PM

国友津右衛門安行作 Kunitomo Tsu-uemon Yasuyuki Saku must be the reading, although for some reason I can find no other record of this smith.
The closest I can get is Group 3 at Kunitomo where there were a Kunitomo Tsudayu 津太夫 and 津太夫能当, both using this unusual (within Kunitomo) Tsu kanji. Do you have any more pics of gun or inscriptions?
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#3 Mark

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 09:49 PM

here are a couple. It is maybe .75 bore, weighs about 15 lbs.

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 11:56 PM

If .75 bore is 19.05 mm, then this gun is a 10 Monme (11 to be exact but people tended to round them off), a Shizutsu 士筒 or samurai zutsu, much larger and heavier than a typical ashigaru battlefield weapon. A serious piece, designed to impress. It looks good!
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