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LATE KOTO PERIOD C1590 TO 1620 ANCIENT BLADE** Japanese Katana Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘Hoki No Kami Fuji Wara Nobu Taka’ In Old Shira Saya With Expert Assessment & Later Carry Bag. Sn 19154 - 19154
This sword has been assessed by UK sword expert Bill Tagg. In exerts from his assessment he states “Katana in original old shira saya. This is an old blade still in good healthy condition no visible flaws in good old polish. Signed / inscribed ‘Hoki No Kami Fuji Wara Nobu Taka’. Ten generations working from shodai 1580’s up to tenth circa 1865. This blade looks Saki Sori (curve more towards the front). Has good tapering (fumbari) is a very elegant looking sword and has a late Koto look about it. A deep sori curvature of 20mm. With a very complicated and flamboyant temperline (hamon). It is a striking and impressive sword. To pin down its exact age and which generation made it, needs sending to japan for expert judgement. The 1st 4 generations were all highly rated (by Fujishiro) as Jo Saku To Chujo Saku (Superior made). A fine addition to a collection”. In illustrations of the blade and tang he translates the signature, identifies the cutting edge as just under 27 ¼” length, total length just under 35”. Kissaki point 39mm (big), tang end Irayama Gata (shape) and identifies a polisher’s mark. He describes the hamon as ‘Gunome midare (uneven) with Hako Midare (box shape) at intervals, this nioi based and scattered with nie, wood grain hada itame mixed masame’. The sword comes with a quality made, later silk bag with cord. The price sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 19154
£2,750.00

SOLD**SOLD (21`/01) C1595 TO 1637 ANCIENT MINT POLISH BLADE** Japanese Sword With Kyoto Mishina School Smith Signed Tang ‘Tan Ba No Kami Yoshi Michi’ In Shira Saya With Original Japanese Kicho Token (Precious Work) Early White Assessment Papers - 19153
This ancient Japanese sword blade is in superb condition. This blade was sent to Japan and assessed by a panel of sword society smith judges. The sword is accompanied by original 1972 judgement documents from the society with stylised Japanese script, ink stamps and an original images of the blade tang taken during the assessment. The documents have been translated as well as possible by UK sword expert Bill Tagg. In exerts from his assessment and translation He states “ Long sword in shira saya with original Kicho Token (precious) white papers issued in 1972. Technically not a Katana it is ¼ inch too short, probably made for a rich merchant as a town sword non Samurai were not allowed to cary a katana. Signed ‘Tan Ba No Kami Yoshi Michi’ with kiku mon of chrysanthemum (16 petals) in mint polish with kizu in kissaki (one side) and some kizu (flaws) along mune back edge. The chrysanthemum was only used by the Kyoto branch of the Mishina school not by the Osaka one. The early white papers says this is the 1st generation work period 1595 until circa 1637. A mint example of a Mishina school blade, just a couple of flaws. In Japanese shira saya with a saya gaki (inscription), looks done when shinja took place in 1972. The papers and inscription on saya both saying 1st generation rated as Ryu Waza Mono good sharp sword Jo-Saku Superior made”. In illustrations of the blade and tang he translates the signature, identifies the cutting edge as 23 ¾” length, total length 30”. Kissaki point 43mm (big). He describes the hamon as ‘midare with sudare-ba (Bamboo curtain, a Mishina school characteristic). Masame hada (straight), O Itame hada (large). Pointed Kaeri with some Haikake a Mishina trait’. The sword comes with a quality made, later silk bag with cord. The price for this near mint ancient blade with original Japanese judgement papers and translation notes includes UK delivery. Sn 19153
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (27/12) Late WW2 Japanese Toyokana Navy Arsenal Made Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Sword With Arsenal Marked Tang, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19126 - 19126
This sword has been assessed by a UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states “Late War (after 1943) shin gunto army Officer’s sword with a murato oil tempered blade made in the Toyokana Navy arsenal but for army use. If you look at the Tsuka (hilt) covering under the ito binding it is blackened sack cloth not fish skin. This was also used on late war Navy swords. Supplies of materials ran into difficulty as the war progressed and alternatives were used. Hardly used still has small traces of arsenal storage grease on blade. Saya simple wood with a few layers of black lacquer (like a navy saya). Tsuba plain blackened iron plate (similar to navy). Tsuka with lightweight brass fittings & black cloth wrap under brown (army) ito. Missing its sarute loop & original tassel. A good example of its type”. In his illustrations of the blade he states blade cutting edge is 25”, overall length 33 ½”. He describes the Kissaki (point) as 30mm and end of tang as Kur Jiri rounded shape. He identifies the naval arsenal stamp and arsenal assembly marks. The price for this WW2 Japanese sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 19126
£0.00

**ANCIENT 14th CENTURY SAMURAI FAMILY GENDAITO BLADE** WW2 Japanese Officer’s Shin Gunto Sword With Single Kanji (Ari) Smith Tang Signature Remaining & Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover. Sn 19097 - 19097
This ancient Japanese sword blade has been assessed by UK sword expert Bill Tagg. In exerts from his assessment he states “Ancient blade in standard shin gunto mounts. A genuine Samurai blade, a family sword passed down and taken to 2nd war. This blade could be 14th century. It has all the characteristics i.e. greatly cut down, signed one kanji left (ari) difficult to translate. A big kanji typical of very early signatures. Original file marks and patina long gone lost 4 to 5 inches at least of original tang. It has been mounted at least 3 times (3 ana) re-shaped and filed. Signed on tachi side. The blade is still healthy no Kizu flaws or tired spots. The Ha (edge) is worn with polishing & sharpening over the centuries. If you want a genuine Samurai sword that has been used in battle, this is the one for you (has a small sword cut on back edge of point). Needs to go to japan for papers & to identify the sword maker (possible Bizen school work). In his illustrations of the blade & tang he identifies the kanji mark describes the cutting edge as 24 ½” length, total length just under 32 ½”, observes the last polisher’s mark and describes the kissaki point as 29mm. He describes the hamon as ‘itame grain, Ko (small) notare based on nie crystals running masame grain’. The price for this genuine ancient blade Samurai family sword taken to WW2 includes UK delivery. Sn 19097
£2,450.00

**RARE**1941 DRAGON GUARDIAN LUCKY DAY**Named WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Type 98 Shin Gunto Gendaito Sword, Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 19096 - 19096
This sword has been assessed by a UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states “A Type 98 Shin Gunto with named Gendaito blade. It is rare to find a showa period named blade. This sword is inscribed ‘Bizen (province), then on end of Nakago, Ryushi (Dragon Guardian), there is no maker’s signature. Dated August 1941 lucky day. I have only seen a couple of these in my nearly 50 years as a collector / dealer. In bright old polish, no major damage just a couple of odd finger rust marks. For some reason the blade has been shortened by moving the notches down 1 inch and tip of tang cut? Saya wood with good leather field service cover in very good condition (the leather has had a repair in its life addes end piece from another sword with ink inscription attesting to an antique sword maker?). Standard gunto tsuba and seppa. Tsuka hilt is in good condition missing its sarute knot loop. A rare example of a named blade in original collector’s condition”. In images of the tang which accompany the assessment, he translates the tang markings. In illustrations of the blade he states overall length 33 ¼”. Cutting edge 25 ¼”. He describes the Kissaki (point) as 42mm. He describes the hamon as ‘based on suguha with midare ba edge Nie deki has Nijuba also in parts sudare ba (sweeping brush strokes) very complicated. Masame straight wood grain hada’. The price for this rare named sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 19096
£1,850.00

**BEST CUTTING EDGE SMITH**WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Gendaito Katana Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘Ichi Hara Naga Mitsu’ With Scabbard & Expert Assessment. ED 2578 - ED 2578
This sword has been assessed by a UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states “A Shin Gunto with Gendaito blade by genuine smith signature ‘Ichi Hara Naga Mitsu’. He made Medium to high grade gendaito. He made some of the best cutting swords in WW2 (sharp). This is a big strong blade with a well forged hamon of very tight gunome midare (small Ko) and small ashi (legs) down into yakiba, nearly looks Suguha (straight) based on Nioi crystals with deep boshi in good old polish (done in last 40 years). Has one defect possible sword cut on mune ¾ way down blade. In good quality shin gunto (army) mounts. Saya possible re-paint black after 1943 ( a lot of saya were painted black). Big pierced quality gunto tsuba. Tsuka is in good condition. Has its locking catch but missing sarute loop. There is a small hole in the back of top mount where a mon badge of Samurai family has been removed”. In illustrations of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature and he observes a polisher’s mark & right slant O Sujikai file marks. He describes the tang end as Irayamagata Shape. Cutting edge is 26 ¼”, total length is 34”. Kissaki point big 40mm. Blade 9mm thick (at hilt). The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. ED 2578
£1,475.00

**MINT POLISH SUPERB HAMON**WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Gendaito Katana Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘BISHU JU (MANO) MASA YASU’ With Secret Smith Stamp, Officer’s Cord, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 18982 - 18982
This sword has been assessed by a UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states “Gendaito by ‘(MANO) MASA YASU’. He made Medium grade gendaito as an army approved smith. This is a good example of his work. A big powerful blade with Ko-Notare hamon based on Suguha (straight small waves) with edge of nioi heavily sprinkled with Nie crystals. A superb tasteful quiet hamon line. Very tight forging with some Masame mixed with Nashiji grain. In nearly mint polish one patch of old rust & one kizu flaw. Scabbard metal parade Gunto in very good condition, lots of original paint and finish to mounts. Tsuba is large, type usually carried by high ranks (pierced). Tsuka in very good condition but ito (wrap) broken near base of hilt (needs re-bind). Its locking catch is missing. With its original Officer’s Lieutenant to Captain rank tasselled cord in un-touched condition. In illustrations of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature and he observes a wartime polisher’s mark & curved Yasuri Mei file marks. He describes the tang end as Kuri Jiri Shape (rounded). He notes a possible secret mark of the smith ‘Masa Yasu’. Cutting edge is 26 ½”, total length is 34 ½”. Kissaki point big 36mm. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18982
£1,575.00

SOLD SOLD (11/01) ) Japanese Army Officer’s Showa-To Shin Gunto Possibly Gendaito Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘Fuji Wara (Asano) Kane Zane’ & Officer ‘Motto Yoshi’, Signed Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 18984 - 18984
This sword has been assessed by a UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states “A Shin Gunto with possible Gendaito blade genuine signature of (Asano) Kane. This smith was known maker of High Grade Showa To & medium Genai. There is a photo of him in John Slough’s book of swords page 76. He was rated as Joko No Retsu (Master). The blade has not got any arsenal stamps and is probably a Gendaito . He won 2nd seat in a 1941 sword making competition. The blade is in reasonable condition but has several small chips to the edge and it has lots of scratches from use (in war?). It needs a polish to bring out beauty of the gunome midare (Nio based) hamon. Saya is leather covered good condition with hessian wrap under leather. There is a very faint kanji signature of Officer who owned this sword on top of the cover possibly ‘Moto Yoshi’. The rest of mounts are in super condition for its age with lots of original patina, gilding and sarute loop. A very good original collector’s sword”. In images of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature. He states overall length 34 ¾”. Cutting edge 26 ¾”. He describes the Kissaki (point) as 23mm and end of tang as Kur Jiri (rounded) shape. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18984
£0.00

Victorian / Edwardian Era Bamboo Sword Stick With Triangular Section Blade & Curved Root Ball Handle. Sn 19008 - 19008
A quality Bamboo Sword Stick. It has a 26 ¾” Triangular Section Blade which is straight & tapers to a pin sharp point. The hilt has a brass ferrule. It measures 33 ¾” overall and has a curved bamboo handle with bulbous root ball top (the sword stick measures 36 ½” overall in its scabbard). The scabbard has a brass collar and conical brass end cap. The price for this attractive sword stick includes UK delivery. Sn
£475.00

WW1 Era Imperial German Cavalry Officer’s Dress Sword With ‘Jewelled’ Eyes Lion’s Head Pommel & Scabbard. ED 2562 - ED 2562
This is an attractive, original Imperial German Cavalry Officer's dress sword. The sword has a brass guard ornately decorated with Oak leaves and cross guard with Puma’s head finial. The cross guard has langets, one decorated with Cavalry crossed swords device the other with shield containing an engraved monogram ‘CS’. The impressive Lion’s head pommel has red glass ‘jewelled’ eyes and the grip strap has Lion’s mane and Oak leaves. It has an undamaged grooved wire bound fish skin grip. All wire is intact and secure. The sword measures 38” overall and its 32 ½” single edged, curved blade is clean. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the blade under the langets. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. The sword is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with hanging ring mount fitted with original hanging ring and fixed strap bar. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2562
£595.00
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