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Japanese odd self-defense pistol

an oddity -Yatate 矢立
Japanese made single shot percussion pistol Yatate. A folding cover to hide hammer and piston, and it looks like a small club / truncheon, caliber is .35. The cover is made from brass. Barrel with grip and cover are engraved in Japanese style, Japanese inscription. The trigger with a hole for attaching a firing string. Over all length 8½". The function is good, fine condition.
Rare pistol!
thank you D. K. for your information,
History of the Yatate
http://www.stutler.cc/pens/yatate/index.html

> I think that this gun was used for self defense.
> Yatate means " handy writing implements"
> In Japan and China, we used SUMI (black carbon ink : Chinese ink) and
> FUDE (writing brush).
> There is a hole in body, and keep cotton with Chinese ink in this hole.
> And inside long nose, keep writing brush.
> So ancient people can write a word and picture.

Martin Auction November 2005, Lot# 99, a similar pistol
Rare and Unique Japanese Single-Shot Percussion Ladle or Ink Pot Gun, circa 1850,
.36 caliber, 9 1/2-inch bronze barrel disguised as handle of ladle. Hinged sheet brass breech and hammer cover designed to disguise mechanism. External trigger and ferrule with hole for attaching a firing string. Bronze alloy cup engraved with dragon motifs. Threaded barrel plug with cleaning rod attached.
Overall length: 14 1/2-inches.
Condition: Very good. Metal with dark age patina. Mechanism good.

Japanese man oddity -
Japaade single shot percussion pistol Yatate. A folding cover to hide hammer and piston, and it looks like a small club / truncheon, caliber is .35. The cover is made from brass. Barrel with grip and cover are engraved in Japanese style, Japanese inscription. The trigger with a hole for attaching a firing string. Over all length 8½". The function is good, fine condition.
Rare pistol!
thank you D. K. for your information,
History of the Yatate
http://www.stutler.cc/pens/yatate/index.html

> I think that this gun was used for self defense.
> Yatate means " handy writing implements"
> In Japan and China, we used SUMI (black carbon ink : Chinese ink) and
> FUDE (writing brush).
> There is a hole in body, and keep cotton with Chinese ink in this hole.
> And inside long nose, keep writing brush.
> So ancient people can write a word and picture.

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