Early 18th Century Edo Museum Grade Matchlock Musket

Early 18th Century Edo Museum Grade Matchlock Musket


Description: Early 18th century Edo matchlock musket has sterling silver ""SASSA"" (Bamboo Shoot) Kamon or family clan name on stock/heal. This is stunning and would be beautiful displayed on the wall or in a case. Measures 50.50"" total. 1.75"" stock. 3"" End butt of stock. Fine oak stock in original finish. Decorated with inlaid brass and silver traditional designs on barrel. Brass hardware and embellishments throughout. Some inlay at barrel end are missing. Kanji character in wood above the SASSA Kamon seal. Engraved Samurai mask on top of stock at barrel in brass. Guns were introduced to Japan by Portuguese adventurers who were shipwrecked near the shore of Tanegashima, a small island south of Kyushu, in 1543. Matchlock pistols and guns modeled on the imported weapons began to be made in Japan and were an important feature of battles during the 1570s and 1580s. Technically the matchlock is a kind of musket, fired by mechanically touching a lighted fuse to a charge of shot and gunpowder. The matchlock’s effective range was about two hundred meters, and a well-trained soldier would be able to fire four shots per minute at most. But in Japan, where bows and arrows and stone catapults had been the only projectile weapons, firearms revolutionized battle strategy. Long-range fighting came to replace close combat and infantry superseded cavalry in importance.
Dimensions: 3"" H x 1.75""D x 50.50""W
Artist or Maker: unknown
Medium: Brass, Oak, Steel, Sterling Silver
Date: 1700-1800
Condition Report: Excellent, minor wear consistent with age. Some losses to inlay at barrel end and at breech.
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