Tanegashima Netsuke matchlock pistol

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Authentic Tanegashima Netsuke from the Edo Period.

Emblazened with the Matsudairi family crest.

Functional but likely used as a netsuke  

Octagonal barrel, brass fittings, flash pan with front and rear sights. 
spring loaded matchlock and stock fittings. 
short hexagonal wooden barrel. 

Possibly embellished in the Meiji era to facilitate sales to eager Westerners.

Tanegashima pistols were often exchanged as gifts between Lords and High Ranking retainers.  

19th century ; Edo Period 

4” long x 1.25” wide x 1.25” tall

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