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A very clean matchlock from late-middle Edo, around 1760. Fluted hexagonal barrel inlayed with mon and bird in either silver or sahari. The mussel is a bulb with rope pattern and plum blossom inlay. 131 cm / 51.578" overall length. 101 cm / 39,76" barrel length. 14.1 mm / .555" bore. Signed, Sesshu Ju Shimitani Kihachiro, Sesshu is currently Northern Osaka. Because this was a period of relatively few conflicts, matchlocks became more and more decorative. An very clean gun that owes no apologies.
摂州住嶌谷喜八郎 - Sesshu Ju Shimatani Kihachiro