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**SOLD**9/1/23**C1660 Japanese Shinto Wakizashi Short Sword Smith Signed ‘BUNGO TAKEDA (place names)JU (living in) FUJI WARA(clan name) YUKI NAGA (art name)’ Tsuba Signed ‘Kuni Hiro’ & Scabbard Put Together For Satsuma Rebellion With Expert Assess - 20302
This is a Japanese Wakizashi with ancient blade. The sword has been examined by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and a copy of his assessment notes accompany the sword. In extracts of his notes he states “A wakizashi short sword with 19 ½” cutting edge signed by its maker ‘BUNGO TAKEDA (place names)JU (living in)FUJI WARA(clan name) YUKI NAGA (art name)’. Over one dozen smiths used the art name Yuki Naga. This man was from the Fuji Wara takeda in the Shinto period. 2 of interest, both Bungo. 1st working 1644-1648, doubt this is him. 2nd man Manji 1658-1661 used variation on signature ‘Hoshu Takada Ju Fuji Wara’, I think this is the man rated as Ryo Waza Mono & Chujo Saku (Superior Medium & Sharp). In bright condition lots of fine scratches/ old rust. Some small kizu flaws, Boshi (point) needs re-shaping & professional polish. Cannot see the temperline or grain. Shape is right for Bungo takada man. A restoration project. Saya in black lacquer some damage (there are no Kodjuka (side knife) or Kogai (skewer) in the scabbards vacant slots at the throat). Tsuba is munition (emergency) quality plate signed possibly ‘Kuni Hiro’? covered in old chipped black lacquer. Tsuka is munition quality. Hilt is roughly bound in black ito tape. There are no menuki and the fuchi kashira are an iron band& an old pitted iron kashira painted black. This has been put together in the Satsuma rebellion era C1870 when old swords were taken from storage and mounted for emergency use in a time of crisis & rebellion against the Government. This is a rare mount now, many have been destroyed”. In his illustration of the blade he translates the signature and describes other blade characteristics and dimensions (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20302
£0.00

Katana Sized Iron ‘Agrea Age’ Tsuba. ED 2695. - ED 2695
A Katana sized iron Tsuba from the ‘Agrea age’ or possibly late ‘Muromachiinto’ into 17th century. It is thin plate measuring 5mm. There is aged use wear around ‘Nakago Anna’. It is of a pierced plate design of kites or crests (in silhouette). This is a beautiful ancient design of good colour in very nice condition. It has ‘Heianjo-Zogan’ (brass inlay) of grass. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2695.
£185.00

WW2 Era & Netherlands East Indies Uprising Era Dutch Klewang M1898/M1911 Short Sword Sidearm Favoured By Japanese Troops & Scabbard. Sn 20245 - 20245
An original Dutch M1898/M1911 Klewang. These weapons were used in the Netherlands East Indies just prior to or right after the outbreak of WWII. Many of these Klewangs ended up being used in the East Indies during the colonial uprising & many fell into the hands of Japanese troops for use against the allies. Our Klewang has the correct pierced hilt cup and clipped tip. This Klewang has a 21 ½” curved blade with correct clipped tip and fuller. The blade is very sharp and has just light areas of staining consistent with age. It measures 26 ¼” overall, has undamaged ergonomic, 1 piece polished horn grip secured by brass pins and correct steel pierced cup hilt. The hilt has a brass ferrule. The Klewang is complete with its original leather scabbard with brass throat mount and chape. The surface of the scabbard’s leather has some scuffs consistent with age & use but all leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. There are no maker or date marks on the Klewang or scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20245
£475.00

Small ‘Katana’ sized Iron ‘Tsuba’ in a rounded Square Shape. ED 2694. - ED 2694
A nice small Iron ‘Katana Tsuba’ (A tsuba is a sword guard and part of a sword mounting. It is mounted between the sword's blade and grip to protect the user's hands) in a rounded square shape with a flat plate rounded rim (5mm) thick. There is a depiction of a Goose in flight to the surface. It has a lovely black iron look and appears to be early 19th Century age into ‘Meiji’ period, possibly ‘Nara school work’. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2694.
£250.00

Large/Heavy/Thick ‘Katana Tsuba’in Patinated Copper. ED 2693. - ED 2693
A very large, heavy and thick late 20th Century possibly Chinese ‘Katana Tsuba’ (A tsuba is a sword guard and part of a sword mounting. It is mounted between the sword's blade and grip to protect the user's hands) depicting a toad in a river bed facing a figure of a man. The price includes UK postage. ED 2693.
£75.00

Rounded Square Shaped ‘Katana Tsuba’ in Iron. ED 2692. - ED 2692
A Katana Tsuba (A tsuba is a sword guard and part of a sword mounting. It is mounted between the sword's blade and grip to protect the user's hands) in iron with a lovely dark patina and colour with a slightly hammered and rounded rim. The tsuba depicts a bamboo grove in the rain with brass inlays. It has been mounted on a sword but is in excellent condition. This example has been dated to between the 1780’s & 1850’s and looks to be ‘Aizushoami’ work (unsigned). The price includes UK delivery. ED 2692.
£245.00

**SOLD**9/1/23**Japanese Meiji Period 1870-1900 Female Sea Dragon In Sea waves Form Tanto Dagger & Scabbard. Sn 20230 - 20230
An original ornate Japanese export Tanto. The Tanto has been assessed by UK Japanese blade expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes and illustrations accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “Meiji period 1870-1900 export Tanto in carved Honoki wood mounts. Depiction of a Sea Dragon (female) in waves. This was a popular subject in Japan in the 19th century. Items like this were on sale in antique shops and bought by a wide variety of people”. In his illustrations Bill describes the cutting edge as just under 9 ½” length. He describes the blade as Hira Zukuri shape no ridgeline with clipped back edge, usually made from rolled and hammered bar stock, heated and oil quenched (sunobe process). He observes that the blade is bright with no visible temperline and notes that the habaki is brass. The price for this dramatic Tanto includes UK delivery. Sn 20230
£0.00

WW2 1943 Japanese Officer's Type 98 Shin Gunto Arsenal Katana Sword With Dated & Smith Signed Tang ‘TAKA MASA’, Tasseled Cord, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 20229 - 20229
An original WW2 dated Japanese Officer's Sword with signed tang. The sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes and illustrations accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “A Type 98 shin gunto army officer’s sword, blade appears to be a Showa-To oil tempered arsenal blade with no Showa or seki stamps and no visible hamon or temper line. Blade is heavily scratched with war time use but in bright condition, signed by ‘TAKA MASA’ real nameYasuda Yoshi taro born 1912, listed working as a gunto army smith. Very light well balanced good shape. Scabbard shows signs of heavy use not much paint left and no gilt on brass & copper mounts. Has unusual non standard khaki suspension belt with brass mounts on ashi ring. War time tsuba with original arsenal matching seppa no’s 208 same as tsuba. Tsuka intact & tidy has broken locking catch (end missing) but has sarute loop with non regulation rank tassel (looks old). A nicely shaped gunto sword, in need of a blade polish”. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signature and September 1943 date. He describes the cutting edge as 26” and total length 34 ½”. He also identifies red ink arsenal assembly marks on both sides of the tang. He also describes and illustrates other blade measurements and characteristics (illustrated in image 2). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20229
£1,000.00

SOLD SOLD (19/12) **SKILLED ARTISAN SMITH**WW2 1943 Japanese Officer's Type 98 Shin Gunto Nagoya Arsenal Katana Sword With Dated & Smith Signed Tang ‘NOBU MITSU’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn Sn 20228 - 20228
An original WW2 dated Japanese Officer's Sword with signed tang. The sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes and illustrations accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “A Type 98 shin gunto army officer’s sword, appears to be a Showa-To high grade arsenal blade (Nagoya arsenal), looks murato oil tempered with no visible hamon or forging line. Murato usually have hamon put on with polishing stones. Blade is bright with old staining and finger marks. It is signed by its maker ‘NOBU MITSU’ real name Sako Shin Ichi born 1905 student of Kojima Katsu Masa worked as a gunto smith died 1993. Rated as a Ryoko-No Retsu (skilled artisan) by the famous sword smith and teacher Aki Hide who founded a school to train smiths. Saya is gunto metal parade with brass & copper mounts, still has 50-60% of green paint, some wear and old rust. Tsuba with matching seppa not marked, some gilt & finish left. Tsuka hilt is complete with tassel loop sarute and working locking catch. Ito tape binding & skin are dirty with war time use. A well made and shaped blade by a smith with good teachers”. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signature and October 1943 date. He describes the cutting edge as 26” and total length 34 ½”. He also identifies small arsenal marks on both sides of the tang and spine of the tang. He also describes and illustrates other blade measurements and characteristics (illustrated in image 2). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20228
£0.00

**BLADE NUMBERED ON SIDE**WW2 Japanese NCO's Type 95 Katana By The Lijima Swords Factory With Kokura Arsenal Mark, Original Leather Cord With Barrel Knot And Scabbard With Part Of Its Original leather Field Combat Cover. Sn 20332 - 20332
This is an original WW2 Japanese NCO's Katana With cord, barrel knot and scabbard With partial field combat cover. The sword has the typical brown painted aluminium cast handle with lanyard ring and fully functioning scabbard retaining clip. The handle retains traces of its original colour. Its fullered, 27 ¼” blade is clean and has storage grease. The side of the blade is crisply stamped '17535' and with inspection mark. The hilt is stamped with Kokura (4 combined cannonballs) Arsenal mark and the Lijima Swords Factory roundel with crossed swords mark and inspection mark (see page 185 of Swords Of Imperial Japan by Dawson). The lanyard ring is fitted with original leather cord with barrel knot in good condition with all leather and stitching intact. It is complete with its original scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The throat of the scabbard is stamped with number ‘105902’. The scabbard has part of its original brown leather field combat cover. The cover’s lower lection is absent as its original cord which would lace the throat. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20332
£1,200.00
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