Percussion Ladle or Ink Pot Gun

Rare and Unique Japanese Single-Shot Percussion Ladle or Ink Pot Gun, c. 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.

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