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Living National Sumitani Masamine Kogatana- New Reduced Price

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#1 Yoshimichi


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 05:53 AM

Dear Members:


Rather than waiting for the S.F. Token Kai in August, I have decided to offer a few things for sale now, at some real bargain prices. The sword show season is starting and some members/dealers may be looking for a few pieces to add to their inventory or collections. I offered this incredible kogatana for sale for about a week last year, and then withdrew it from sale. At that time, I offered the piece for $3,100. I acquired the piece right, so I am able to pass that good fortune onto someone interested in acquiring a piece by  a great modern sword smith, with horimono by a Mukansa level horimono carver. I have reduced the price to $2,500. The buyer will have to pay the shipping and insurance costs in addition to the purchase price.


Below is the description from the last time I offered it for sale:


  "I was fortunate to recently acquire a number of great items from a private collector who purchased the pieces between about 1978-1981, and who has kept them stored away since then. This includes some really fine tsuba, kozuka, and other items. This rare kogatana was purchased in 1981 directly from Masamine-san by the person I acquired it from, and while that person was visiting Masamine-san's home/shop in Japan with John Yumoto and a few other collectors. Also included as an added bonus is the white silk cloth personally signed by Masamine-san and given to the original owner as a gift at the time. I believe Sumitani Masamine was elevated to the status of Living National Treasure in 1981, the year this was purchased. I believe the horimono dragon on this piece was carved by Mukansa horimono carver Kokeguchi Sensyu. I understand that Masamine-san and Kokeguchi Sensyu have both unfortunately passed. A kogatana by Sumitani Masamine with horimono (not a dragon motif) carved by Kokeguchi Sensyu sold on an Aoi-Art auction (I believe around June) for around $3777." 


This great piece has been in a private collection for 34 years. I am offering this package for a brief period of time to the NMB community for $2,500. In addition, the buyer must pay shipping and insurance costs. If it sells, I will donate $100 to the NMB. Payment by Cashier's check or money order, but I will consider PayPal, if the buyer pays the PayPal fees.This is a rare opportunity to add a Living National Treasure piece to your collection, without having to spend $15,000-$25,000 for one. If seriously interested, or if you have questions, please email me at besheehan@aol.com.


Best regards,

Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)

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#2 Yoshimichi


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Posted 17 January 2016 - 04:47 AM


6:33 p.m.


Dear NMB Members:


With everyone still dealing with the left over holiday expenses, to allow the buyer time to move something they may want to sell to offset the cost of this piece, and to make acquiring this piece easier, I am going to offer the "Yoshimichi 90 Day Time Payment Plan" to NMB members on this item. Here's how that works. A 25% non-refundable deposit payable within 7 days of purchase to hold the piece (in this case a $500.00 deposit), with the balance due and payable, along with the shipping and insurance costs, within 90 days of the date of my receipt of the initial non-refundable deposit. I will hold the piece until all of the purchase price and shipping/insurance costs are received, and I will email the buyer as I receive the various payment installments, so that the buyer has a record.  Just an option, given the price. 


Best regards,

Bill E. Sheehan

#3 Yoshimichi


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Posted 21 January 2016 - 07:41 AM


9:39 p.m.


Dear NMB Members:


Sold. Thanks for looking.



Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)

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