This just popped up on a local FB group.
Bear in mind that Japanese stuff is almost unheard of to find in SA, and knowing that I am clueless when it comes to katchu, I thought I would ask the collectors here if there is anything at all that can be told from the pics provided?
I assume modern for various reasons, but would be great to have some comments from the experts. I plan on making contact tomorrow for any needed pics or info. Owner knows little about it, no provenance either.
Here is the description:
Old Japanese Samurai helmet (Kabuto) with Samurai face mask (Menpo) and crescent moon crest (Maedate). I don’t know its age, I’m told Meiji to Showa period (late 1800s to 1989). This is a genuine Japanese hand-made Samurai helmet.
The helmet is constructed from 18 iron plates making up the bowl, and 5 iron plates joined with lacing making up the neck guard. There is a crown vent made from metal, looks like brass. There is a frontal crest (maedate) shaped to a crescent moon, made of brass. The front “ears” are made also of iron and have decorative brass borders covered with fabric and brass rivets.
The Face mask Menpo is made from iron with a horse hair moustache, it has a laced iron neck guard with matches the lacing as used on the helmet, although less faded than the helmet’s lacing.
This is a full size helmet and mask, and is actually wearable if your inclined… It has a fabric liner with a rope fastener to tie it in place as it is quite heavy being made of iron/steel. This is a really beautifull Samurai helmet, I can’t date it, but is not a modern copy as there is no fibreglass or plastic construction anywhere, and is made from individual metal plates.
It has some damage, scratches, fading, dirt and wear as it’s old, but I’ve taken a lot of pics. I’m not an expert in these items, so if you need to see any specific details or info I will take additional photos. The stand is NOT included.
Pics provided for now....
Thanks in advance.