In these times of unrest the northern clans needed to strengthen the artillery.
I found this little baby. It's a god damn bonsai cannon. 41 cm barrel length, circumference 6,5 cm, calibre 3 cm, weight 13,3 kg. It comes out of a museum in Kyushu, one out of 3 cannons, the other two heavier. Maybe it was used in Saigo Takamori's uprising at the dusk of the samurai or in the Satsuma army, who knows.
I just love it. Perfect to have loaded on the desk when meeting the criminally insane....
Hi Antony ! All my congratulations for the young father ! Do you sleep well..when your new baby cry ? BOOOM little but tough ... BOOM BOOM !I saw a nice reportage on Tv about your nice town ... in summer of course!
Anthony, I had an email from Mr Kawahara saying they have told him that in order to export it he must do an official test and get a certificate saying the gun cannot be fired, or if not, he must have it stopped up with metal filling. He said it is rusty and thinks it cannot be fired. What he thinks is not good enough they told him. He is trying to find someone who can do the filling. Now it just happens that Mr Ohmori said that recently that lead or any soft or easily removable blockage is not allowed any more... So I have passed on this information to him.
Anthony, sorry to hear that you are having problems getting your cannon out of Japan, I can not image how it would be viewed as any different than a matchlock. Awhile back I had one shipped to the USA without any difficulty, something must have changed, or maybe my shipper just got lucky (cheated possibly?).
Eric, matchlocks are easy like swords, same system. This on the other hand seems to be classified as a damned field howitzer. Obviously Japan do not want to be recognized as selling weapons to private armies like mine...
Not to worry, they can put Diamond dust mixed with granite in the barrel, we'll unplugg it.
Too late Jan, Mr K have asked to many questions to to many goverment depatements..... Mr K has got cold feet after this adventure, I asked him to make a bid on another item, he said no, no more weapon classified items.....
Anthony, I am so sorry this has gone badly. Mr. Watson on the NMB has had the same problem, buying a pill-lock teppo in Europe and having absolutely no way of getting it to the US. Whilst I sympathise, I can see the reason for the official position in today's climate. Officials are terrified that there will be a slip-up and they will get the blame. We all know that antique guns are not a problem, it is they who do not know what an antique gun is. Ian B
This problem with shipping antique firearms in general must be some new development, very recently I was able to have a couple of matchlock guns shipped to the USA from different parts of Europe. I also had a cannon and a teppo jutte shipped here from Japan. The question is have things changed or is it that some shippers / customs officials just do not know how to navigate the international shipping aspect.
Yes Eric, it's looking good. My broker gave eventually up the idea to go by the book.
The Japanese authorities classify this as an artillery piece. The only options were to test shoot it, to se that it couldn't be shot?! Or to plug the mussle.
On advice from a japanese senior expert on these guns(Thanks Piers for mediating that), my man just put it in a box and shipped it out by boat. So the cannon is unharmed somewhere on the seven seas. I let you know when it arrives. I expect no problems in the swedish custom since these blackpowder guns and cannons are free to own and shot without licence.