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What you have is a standard shape tanegashima or arquebus. This gun was introduced into Japan around 1543 by the Portuguese. Almost all remaining examples are from the 1800's as is yours.

There is a lot of information about them on the web if you know where to look.

Check out the Wikipedia definition for arquebus:

Arquebus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Also look at the Wikipedia definition for tanegashima:

Tanegashima - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Finally if you do a google search under "arquebus" you will find some interesting articles.

The retail value of yours which appears to be in pretty good condition is about $1,200-$1,500.00.
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