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Viper6924 last won the day on February 23 2018

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  1. I agree with Piers. There’s a Kunitomo feeling to it when I see shape of the Hibasami (serpentine) and design of the sights. A very simplified version of a Tazuke ryu matchlock. If not Kunitomo, then surely Sakai 🙂 Jan
  2. When I hear of the horror stories regarding the shipping for both of you, I get cold sweats. Piers; was that a picture from the 100’ you got from Europe? Gary; the seller was a proper nut, so I’m happy on so many levels that you managed to ”relieve” the gun from him. Now you must spend a weekend opening up all these lovely matchlocks and show the world who and where they were made I think this is the first time that I see a 1872 registration from Kyoto. Jan
  3. Even if I try my best to translate the old kanji on swords and matchlocks, I often find myself at the mercy of Piers 🙂 When it comes to freeflowing waka, I’m totally lost. The man from who I got this waka, has a Japanese wife. She tried her best translating it. According to her, this waka is probably about people praying at the great temple of Ise Jingu. The waka was written by Daiko Sogen who was the head abbot at Daitokoji in Kyoto during the middle of the 19th century. I have highlighted ”Daiko” with a red circle. Any assistance will be highly appreciated, as usual. Jan
  4. May I echo Piers by stating that I struggle to find anything said on those pictures 🙂 I think it’s a sweet little matchlock that still retains a lot of its original charm. I would probably only fix the ramrod and then be done with it. Let me add that if you feel to embarrassed owning such a matchlock, you already got my adress 🙂 Piers, I’m packing my bags as we speak...😉 Jan
  5. Please do, Justin! I’m doing some research on the Hino style, so I like to see as many Hino-matchlocks as possible. Jan
  6. Can’t you start a Hino-thread and post some pictures, Justin? Jan
  7. Here you go, Brian! https://www.gunbroker.com/item/876830322 Jan
  8. I just found this matchlock up for sale online. Asking price you might ask? Well, a cool $25.000 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Not so cool is that screen shots from this forum, ended up on the same sale page. When you thought you seen it all... Jan
  9. Hi! I’m seing some Sendai in this matchlock. Even if doesn’t have the characteristic elongated holder for the fuse (kaiguchi), this matchlock reminds me of some examples I encounterd in and around of Sendai. Have you removed the barrel from the stock? I have a feeling it might be signed. Jan
  10. The price is always right when you get someone to pay it. As Peter says, percussion conversions usually sells at a lower price compared to unaltered matchlocks. Partly because the original weapon has been modified. But the quality of the modification, also plays an important part. I’ve seen really bad conversion, that more or less ruined the gun. But I have also seen signed conversions of the highest quality. The latter is, at least in my mind, more historically ”correct” and warrant a higher price. The conversion on this specific gun is somewhat odd with obvious parts missing. But the major problem with it, is the fact that the barrel and stock is orginally from two different matchlocks. I can see this gun being ”brought together” during the late 19th century and used for hunting. The stock with the decorations, looks middle to late Edo period. The barrel, well, that can be pretty much anything. Jan
  11. Now that’s some good-looking matchlocks, BaZZa! Just the way I like em’ They are very similar. Cool to have several guns from the same smith. Regarding the first post, I can hardly see a thing. Hope you can provide some better pictures, because from the little I can see, it looks interesting. Jan
  12. Sean; what you have here is a matchlock converted to percussion use. The stock and all the fittings speaks of Sakai, but when I see the picture of the muzzle, I’m quite certain that the original barrel has been replaced with the currant one. The barrel is too short for the stock. Someone has done it’s best to recycle parts from at least two guns. Jan
  13. Outstanding, my friend! All that information from a single vase. Like Brian just stated, sometimes it’s nice to just have a long read about something you find fascinating Jan
  14. Dear Malcolm! Congrats to a very fine and rare scroll depicting Fudo Myoo. Being my personal guardian diety, Fudo Myoo holds a special place in my heart. As a result, I have gathered a small collection of intersting Fudo Myoo artifacts. Amongst them are two so called Ash-Buddha’s (not sure about the correct term in Japanese). These small tablets are made from the ash originating from the Goma fire-ritual, which is an important part of the Shingon sect of Esoteric Buddhism. They have a connection to your scroll as both were manufactured at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. Good luck with your research! Jan
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