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    2. Japanese matchlock

      Japanese matchlock

      Also there is a semi circle, half horseshoe or U decoration is that gold leaf or what?

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      Sorry for the absence. Just woken up. ‘Ohio’ gozaimasu!

      Yes, many Zogan decorations were added after the Bakumatsu and Into Meiji to appeal to Western buyers, unemployed artisans looking for work. Rather than gold you will find silver, copper and Shinchū (brass) were used. I agree that those ones are a bit of a mystery! It has been said that back in the day a military gun should not have any (or strictly minimal) decoration along the barrel.

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