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  • Coronelli
    started a topic Real or composite/outright fake

    Real or composite/outright fake

    I know a lot of Japanese pistols are fakes, what's the consensus on this? Not bidding just interested in learning what to look for.
    https://www.invaluable.com/auction-l...gas-D104DAF8EC

  • Jan Pettersson
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    Judging by the pictures it looks ok. The end of the handle has been broken off and quite badly repaired, even shortened. Looks to have a big repaired crack to the front of the stock.
    The barrel looks good with some high quality decorations. The barrel looks to fit nicely into the stock so I think it’s a match. The Aoi-mon is most likely added later aimed at attracting Meiji-period tourists.
    The estimate...

    Jan

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