Qing era Chinese matchlock musket
Made for the Qianlong emperor by the manufacture department of his imperial household c.mid-18th century.
Snap matchlock mechanism, cast iron barrel inlaid with gold, silver and copper, elm stock, sandalwood folding bipod with gold-inlaid cast iron tips.
The Qianlong emperor -reigned 1733 to 1796- both maintained a strong hunting tradition tied to his Manchu roots and a marked appreciation for Western firearms, describing one of his heirloom musket as “wonderfully efficient and pleasing”.
Although most of Europe had developed other ignition mechanisms for their small arms, matchlock guns remained popular in Eastern Asia well into the 19th century.
Manufactured in Japan c.Edo period.
~.30 caliber triple barrel cluster, manually indexed revolving mechanism, brass and silver decoration.
The problem with old Japanese firearms is that this piece here could have been made in the 16th century, which would be very impressive, or up the mid-19th century, in which case it would be an obsolete novelty.
This is the whackiest firearm I have sen in awhile.
Vietnamese matchlock musket, 18th century.
from Mandarin Mansion
Matchlock arquebus and bandolier of apostles