Japanese type 99 Arisaka rifle, probably produced between 1939 and 1945. This rifle has a mark on the left side of the receiver that identifies it as being manufactured by the Kokura Arsenal. The mark follows the serial number, 8897. The top of the receiver has something written in Japanese. This is one of a collection of pieces brought from Japan to America after WWII by Joseph Andrew LaBauve, originally from Brusly, who was a marine sergeant in the Pacific.
34.5"length, 2.25" width, 8" depth
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Abner Stevens Music Shop and Store, Pittfield, Massachusetts
The drum cylinder is made from brown varnished bent wood shell with a six and one half inch overlap secured with brass headed tacks arranged in vertical rows as well as in a circle around the ivory breather hole and in teardrop patterns above and below breather. Hoops are 1 and 1/2" high, red, and secured with small pegs. Six leather rope tighteners survive and are not decorated. Four gut snares are attached to the bottom hoop. Read more »
Wood, skin, rope, leather, ivory, brass, iron (tacks). Overall H: 14 3/4"; diameter: 18"; drum head diameter: 17"
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