An antique Japanese full length tanagashima (gun) with working original matchlock mechanism. Hand made of high figure burl keyaki hardwood with original translucent lacquer finish. The whole length of the hand forged iron barrel is inlaid with a swirling silver dragon in clouds and the crest of the noble Tokugawa clan with six character mark which reads: 松平三河守
Matsudaira Mikawa-no-kami. Matsudaira refers to the Matsudaira clan.
Mikawa-no-kami is a title that was held by Tokugawa Ieyasu as well as his grandson. Comes with custom forged iron stand to aid in display (In the group picture, this tanagashima is the third from the front.)