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With this suit of armour also comes a gendaito katana Signed:
Omote - Banshu Himeji ju Minamoto Yoshihisa tsukuru. (A late Edo era - early Meji era sword smith in Himeji).
Ura: Date "Meiji 3 Kanoe-Uma no toshi 2 gatsu hi" (1870). The blade has some old polish remaining but has many scratches on the surface.
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 2sun 9 Bu (69.4 cm) (27.32 inches)
Sori: 5 Bu (1.5cm)
Hamon: Midare Notare
Hada: ko itame
Tetsu sabiji 28 ken o-boshi suji bachi, tetsu kuro urushi nuri yukinoshita go-mai dou.
Age: Dou and Haidate - late Muromachi period (circa 1550). Kabuto/other late Edo period.
Condition: Very good original period state of preservation with moderate wear.
This is a wonderful suit of armour with matching cloth backing and all lacquered iron plates, hinged together in the case of the haidate (skirt), sode (shoulder guards), suneate (shin guards), do (body armour) and joined by chain mail in the case of the kote (armoured sleeves). The mabisashi (visor) suports a fine maedate (crest attached to the front of the helmet) of a carved and lacquered wooden oni. It stores in double gusoku bitsu (armour chests) probably dating from the late Edo period.
Note: Some of the lacing appears to have been dyed red at a later stage, whilst this doesn't detract at all from the piece (as you wouldn't notice until pointed out) it never the less has been done. And the moustache and beard of the menpou has been 'trimmed' by someone in it's past.
Kinu to kinpaku oshi kawa hinomaru sashimono hata (heraldic battle flag)
Age: Late Edo Period (circa 1800-50)
Condition: Outstanding original period state of preserve
A superbly preserved authentic example of a classic Japanese samurai warriors heraldic battle-flag featuring a large gold leaf faced leather hinomaru motif. Made from two sections of fine weave loomed silk that has been stitched together and surmounted with two thin leather disks on both surfaces which have been lacquered and faced with kinpaku oshi or applied gold leaf. The hinomaru disk have been carefully and stitched to the silk flag in a series of regular small grid-like rows and around its their outer circumference. The flag itself has had the inner and upper edges rolled over and stitched down to form channels to received the sashimono poles to erect the flag and display from the back of an armour. The main corner areas have been strengthened with additional sections of cloth stitched into these areas of the receiving channels. The entire surface of the silk flag has been skillfully stitched in an open gird pattern to provide additional strength to the silk fabric and prevent it from tearing easily. Overall this is an extremely well preserved and very rare example of authentic samurai heraldry.