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    Korean Matchlock Musket, ca. 1800

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $5,000

    Appraised on: August 21, 2010

    Appraised in: Washington, District of Columbia

    Appraised by: James Callahan

    Category: Asian Arts

    Episode Info: Washington, Hour 3 (#1518)

    Originally Aired: June 27, 2011

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    Form: Musket
    Material: Wood, Metal
    Period / Style: 19th Century, 18th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $5,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:50)


    Appraised By:

    James Callahan
    Asian Arts

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My grandparents were missionaries in Korea from 1890 to 1908.


    GUEST: And, uh, this is something that my grandfather purchased ostensibly from a Korean tiger hunter.

    APPRAISER: This is just before the fall of the dynasty, around 1911...

    GUEST: Really?

    APPRAISER: When the Japanese occupied the country, which was a very, very sensitive time for the Korean people...

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: Because they were under enormous pressure from the Japanese...

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: And were looking for any kind of foreign help to help them out of the situation they were involved in.

    GUEST: I see.

    APPRAISER: And things like this were coming up on the market at the time, but it's an exceptional rarity. I've only seen guns like this in books.

    GUEST: Really?

    APPRAISER: I've never actually seen one in person.

    GUEST: Interesting.

    APPRAISER: And it is a matchlock.

    GUEST: Is it?

    APPRAISER: Yeah. And it used to have, up here, a cord that would have been soaked in saltpeter...

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: And then lit on fire.

    GUEST: Oh, interesting.

    APPRAISER: Hardwood stock, handmade barrel, very, very early form of gun.

    GUEST: Is that right?

    APPRAISER: And the Koreans just kept this model basically because it worked.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: And in terms of it coming from a tiger hunter, highly probable.

    GUEST: Is that right?

    APPRAISER: Highly probable.

    GUEST: Interesting.

    APPRAISER: You're not going to be picking off sparrows with something like this. This gun is probably 19th century, even 18th century.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: I would say, conservatively, at auction, the estimate would be, like, $3,000 to $5,000 on this gun.

    GUEST: Is that right?

    APPRAISER: The Korean market has a tendency to fluctuate wildly. This is the kind of thing, in the end, I wouldn't be surprised if retail on a gun like this was $10,000 or $15,000.

    GUEST: Really? Well, thank you. I've wondered for years what kind of gun it was, and uh, when it might have been made.

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