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MONKEY TAIL CARBINE

This carbine would appear to be made around 1860 and is typical of Monkey Tail Carbines made in England.  I don't believe I've ever seen one made anywhere else.  Even so, there are no external markings on this gun with the exception of two stamps which look like kanji.  The gun is brown, relatively smooth with minor age cracks in the wood and has a dirty bore.  The bore could use a cleaning.  It appears to be in about .45 caliber and is intact with a good action.  The oriental characters on the left side of the breech are a bit of an enigma.  I know that Japanese ordnance bought examples of virtually ever gun made beginning around 1860.  The guns were kept at the naval ordnance research facility, south of Tokyo and were used as reference pieces by their engineers in the development of their own modern weaponry.  It could be from their naval stores.  SOLD!!