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Everything posted by Viper6924

  1. 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
  2. Please do, Justin! I’m doing some research on the Hino style, so I like to see as many Hino-matchlocks as possible. Jan
  3. Can’t you start a Hino-thread and post some pictures, Justin? Jan
  4. Here you go, Brian! https://www.gunbroker.com/item/876830322 Jan
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Tony, let me put you at ease! You bought a genuine matchlock and a quite interesting one. We like to call these matchlocks ”cavalry-matchlock” because of it’s shorter size compared to the standard size. I’ve always had my doubts that matchlocks could be used from a horseback as it requires the use of both hands, but that’s another story From the looks of it, I think that this carbine might have some age to it. In good condition with only the ramrod and the rainprotector situated over the pan, missing. Looks to have two mekugi-pins which would render the extra brass-band obsolete. What caliber does it have (in cm)? Would be great if you could remove the barrel and look for a signature. Again, congrats to your first matchlock. You sure did better than me Jan
  13. Viper6924


    Regarding the use of tentsuki within the Ii clan; it was only members of the main family that was allowed to use golden coloured tentsuki. Others had to settle for silver. Jan
  14. I took 10 minutes and went through the lots. On the plus side I like that they put some effort into the presentation. And they managed to put together an ”eclectic” collection of matchlocks, most of them late Edo period. On the other side, a lot of what is written is quite frankly rubbish. And just giving the objects a cursory glance, reveals a lot of ”alterations” especially to the stocks. The prices? As per usual, over the top. Jan
  15. and one described as Awa... I guess the person writing these descriptions must have read a book that we both missed :) Jan
  16. ”Clear-lacquered full stock of Tosa type”... There is absolutely nothing Tosa over that matchlock. And the ”full” stock is more likely 20th century. I love these auction descriptions Jan
  17. I agree with Piers that this matchlock got some age to it. The ”modifications” is most likely made in the West. I have seen some really ugly work done, orginating both from the US as well as from Europe. But this is nothing that can’t be reversed. We have a guy in Sweden that does amazing work with Japanese matchlocks. I think this matchlock def warrent a ”fix-me-up”. I wonder if it’s signed? Jan
  18. Looks to be a quite complete list of teppo goodies. Something tells me that amongst us tepponistas, we can provide pictures of most of these items. I will check the old archives Jan
  19. After seing the new pictures I’m leaning towards the fact that the stock has been refitted with some new brass work, withvtge possibility of the entire stock being new. The brass protector on the butt looks quite badly made. The brass around the mekugi pins looks very new with sharp edges. Still can’t find any major flaws with the barrel and the lock. The pan looks brand new, which in itself is not unique if the matchlock was made during the latter stages of the Edo period. This also goes for the shiny metal of the bisen-screw etc. I must admit that the bisen-screw looks brand new, which might point to it being replaced. Not having any hands-on experience with reproduction matchlocks, it’s hard to be too certain in this case. Parts of it looks genuine but I guess you need to inspect it ”in hand” to be 100%. Nevertheless a puzzling matchlock to say the least. Jan
  20. Let me go out on the proverbial limb here and state that this is a late Edo period Tazuke-ryu matchlock with one or two unusual features. The square-shaped end to the butt and the round bisen-screw is spot on Tazuke-ryu. The somewhat elongated Kaiguchi (grip holding the matchcord in place) might also suggest Tazuke. That it lacks a signature is completely unimportant as Piers already explained, even if a signature would help us locate where it was made. In this case my bet would be Kunitomo or Sakai/Osaka. The shape of the trigger is really unusual, but if you handled a lot of matchlocks, you know that there is always that odd one. The flat look of the trigger guard also looks a bit strange. The stock? Well, I actually think it might be the original one. The wood is quite light and might have had some polishing done to it, but otherwise it doesn’t seem to lack anything. The fittings around the pan look to be of very nice quality. As Brian said, some more pictures might help us to further narrow it down. An interesting study piece! What’s the caliber? Jan
  21. There’s another ”hint” to this being a modified long-gun; the Hibasami or Serpentine is too long for such a short matchlock. I always look for a sort of harmony on shorter matchlock carbines and pistols. This one lacks that to some extent. I also agree with Piers that this gun used to have four mekugi pins and that the barrel band was added after the gun had been shorted. Also, the total length of 99 cm is also very strange for such a model. Jan
  22. An interesting matchlock. I get a Sakai feeling when I see it with the sakura-decoration and the flared muzzle. These long guns were indeed used to be fired from castles. The shooters could actually stand on raised platforms during sieges. Kochi Castle on Shikoku still displays these constructions in a very clear way. This enabled them to stand one atop the other and engaging the attackers. Jan
  23. Well, I followed the auction live when this beast came up for sale. If I’m not mistaken the hammer price was $8500. So there should be some room for negotiation on the asking price Jan
  24. Well, it’s quite clear from the signature that your gun was made by a different gunsmith. I will leave it to more knowledgeable people to translate it properly. But the 1840s is spot on for this matchlock. If I’m not total off the inscription in the last picture is a year. Jan
  25. This is really interesting. I have an exact copy of your gun with the small brand. The brand reads ”Sho” which is short for Shonai. I dare to say that the signature on your gun might read ”Sendai ju Konno Chozaburo Nobuaki saku”. With the brand in mind, this gun, and mine, was probably part of a larger shipment from Sendai meant for Shonai. Sendai-zutsu was highly sought after all over the northern parts of Japan, as this gun clearly indicates. Would be fun if you could crack open the old lady to see if she carries the same signature. Jan
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