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   LOT 1380 Rare Revolving Matchlock Musket - NSN, 47 cal., 33 3/4 inch round bbl., bright/gold finish, hardwood stock. This matchlock has a manually revolved
six-shot cylinder with floral designed between the chambers, a smoothbore barrel with golden designs at the sculpted muzzle along with a copper post sight, “S.K.13” marked on the plate ahead of the cylinder, a trigger with a pierced double cross design, and a plain hardwood stock. Revolving matchlocks like this were produced in South Asia in the 19th century.
CONDITION: Good with flakes of gold visible at the muzzle, mostly bright polished barrel, cylinder, and hammer along with mild pitting, heavier oxidation and pitting on the action which has a dark reddish brown patina, some cracks and repairs in the wood, loose fit of the components, and general moderate overall wear. Mechanically fine. Provenance: The Mark Aziz Collection; Property of a Gentleman. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000
LOT 1381 Rare Four-Shot Indian Revolving Matchlock Musket - NSN, 60 cal., 32 inch round bbl., bright finish, wood stock. Revolving matchlocks were manufactured in Indian in the late 18th and early 19th century. This example has a smoothbore cannon style barrel with the forearm secured by bands, engraved forward plate on the four-shot chamber group, swiveling covers for the pans, and wood stock. CONDITION: Fair with mostly dark brown patina and oxidation, some replacement parts, and moderate overall wear, including some pitting. The stock is also fair and has cracks and chips, loose rattan bands, and general scratches and dings. The cylinder is frozen. The matchlock mechanism is fine. Provenance: The Mark Aziz Collection; Property of a Gentleman. Estimate: 1,400 - 2,250
LOT 1382
Attractive Signed Tanto Length Japanese Knife in Aikuchi Pattern Fittings - Measuring 15 inches overall with a 10 inch blade, showing a very strong, very straight hamon, attractive
and vivid grain, a set of asymmetrical bo-hi grooves on the sides (two narrow grooves on the left, one deep and broad groove on the right) wider and deeper on the right) and a silver finished habaki. The hilt is covered in a brown wrap with a set of gilt, leaf shaped menuki, the saya is finished in alternating bands of black and brown lacquer, and both are fitted with silver furniture bearing deeply carved wave motifs. Included in the saya is a 6 inch long kogatana knife with silver finished dragon-themed handle, as well as a 5 3/8” long two-piece kogai spike with matching decoration. The tsuba bears two mekugi-ana, with a 7-figure signature on the left side. Includes a cloth case. CONDITION: Excellent. The blade is bright with fine detail and a few small openings in the grain, and the furniture shows minor handling marks, with a mixed patina on the silver components. Estimate: 2,500 - 4,000
LOT 1383
Attractive Signed Japanese Tanto Blade in Shirasaya Fittings, Attributed to Noted Shinshinto Era Smith Suishinshi Masahide - Measuring 17 inches in
overall length, the broad 12 inch blade shows a fine, slightly wavy temper line and a delicate, subtle
grain pattern. An asymmetrical pair of interrupted bo-hi grooves are present
on the left side, interrupted by a symbol described in a consignor-supplied translation
as the seed syllable for “Fudo Myoo”, the Japanese name for the Buddhist deity Acala, and on the right side is a
deeply carved and finely executed panel scene of the same deity 3 7/8 inches long and 5/8 inches wide, standing in front of a waterfall,
wreathed in flame, with a double edged sword in their right hand and a noose in their left. Titled the “Noble Immovable Lord” and one of the Five Great Wisdom Kings of Buddhist tradition, Fudo Myoo holds a prominent role in
Japanese Buddhism as a remover of obstacles and destroyer of evil, as well as a protector of the Imperial Family and the Japanese state as a whole. A silver plated habaki is installed, and the tang bears one mekugi-ana, 6-figure signature on the right and the left showing a polisher’s mark under the habaki, a 6-figure signature and a personal stamp. The supplied translation gives this as a date of August 1820 and signature and personal stamp of Suishinshi Masahide, a notable bladesmith regarded as the founding father of the “shinshinto” era of sword construction, a revival of classical techniques with an emphasis on function and reliability over cosmetic embellishments. The furniture is shirasaya pattern, with horn collars and a taped-on Japanese language note on the saya. Includes a hardwood case. CONDITION: Very fine, with some tiny edge nicks, bright surface, and well defined hamon. The embellishment on the sides of the blade is sharp in detail and well executed, representing a level of decoration rarely seen on blades of this type. The furniture is in fine order. Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500

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