Discussion in 'Pre-Flintlock' started by Tom A Hawk, Oct 4, 2019.
Have just returned from two weeks in Japan and was able to snap a few pics of museum pieces.
Very nice indeed - the weapons and the photos. What, exactly, is the short gun in the third photo?
Some sort of early hand gun I presume. Handle wrapped with ray skin as was done with katana.
I wondered about that handle. So that is a short serpentine. It looks like it could be a hammer for a side lock.
The japs used matchlocks longer than most.
It is in the form of the jitte or Edo-era police truncheon. This served as a "badge" so people knew the person so-equipped was an officer, and it could be used to disarm a sword-armed miscreant. The side prong may be used to "catch" the blade like the so-called "sword breaker."
Thanks for the photos!
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