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#1 Staylor

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 04:48 AM

Hello,

 

I am new to the community. A few years ago, I inherited a sword from my great uncle-in-law. All we know is that he brought it back from WWII, which I imagine is a pretty typical story. In trying to research it through the magic of the internet, and trying (and failing) to make headway deciphering the inscription myself, I stumbled upon this site. I'm mostly hoping for a translation of the manufacture date, but any additional information that could be gleaned from this would be wonderful. There's another 4 characters above what is visible on that cloth, but there's a wrinkle that makes photographing it pretty tricky.

 

Thank you all very much,

Sam T.

 

P.S.: Sorry the one pic is sideways; it shows up vertically when I open the file...

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#2 Staylor

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 04:56 AM

Hello,

 

Me again. I just thought I'd throw a few more picture on here to try and make things more visible.

 

Thanks again,

Sam T.

 

P.S.: Again, not sure why one of the pics is sideways. Apologies.

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#3 DRDave

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 05:37 AM

I think this is the maker, but can't help with the characters on the cloth.   Is there anything on the other side of the tang?


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#4 SteveM

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 06:23 AM

Hello Sam,

 

The cloth says 

 

津野中尉

Lieutenant Tsuno


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#5 Staylor

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 04:18 PM

Hi,

 

Thank you to you both. Very cool. I assume by that maker that it means it was manufactured sometime during the war? There are no markings that I can make out on the other side of the tang, but here it is, in any case. Later this afternoon I'll try to post a pic of the other characters on the cloth, once I have another set of hands to help hold it so I can snap the pic.

 

Thanks,

Sam

 

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#6 Staylor

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 08:25 PM

Here's the top part of the cloth. I'd be curious what this says, as well, if you wouldn't mind. Thank you again. I appreciate your time on this. I'm fascinated to learn more about this.

 

Thanks,

Sam

 

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#7 SteveM

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 02:09 AM

Yes most likely made mid 1900s in a Japanese arsenal for the war in China and/or WW2. If you search Hattori Masahiro you should get some hits that might tell you a few more things about him. I think there may be a few posts on this site with other examples of his work. 

 

The other side of the tag is something like 

 (personal effect - not 100% sure of the second kanji)

高囗部隊 (Taka-? Division).  Should be the name of the division like Takahashi Division or Takamura Division, but I can't read the kanji after Taka).


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#8 Staylor

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 01:54 PM

Thank you very much for the translation. I can tell I'm going to be browsing these forums more regularly.

 

Sam T.






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