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#1 Yoshimichi


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 08:07 AM

Dear NMB members:


It's raining parade swords in my town. I just picked up three this last week. One is smaller, has a more elaborate back strap and the fuller stops about 8-10 inches from the point, I have attached a few pictures. Can anyone identify the one with the more elaborate back strap? Thanks for any information, I suspect the top two are type 19s. Not sure of the smaller one.



Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)

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#2 Death-Ace


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 09:04 AM

I may be wrong, but that looks like a clamshell grip, with the lighter colors indicating as such!

I believe this to be a IJA General Grade Parade Sabre. Excellent find and in excellent shape!
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Posted 24 September 2019 - 09:59 AM

Doesn't look like tortoise shell Lev, just horn with wear and discoloring. To my eyes it's a Field grade parade sword (Major - Colonel), still fairly rare and your example is in quite fine condition with much of the gilding remaining.


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 11:55 AM

The Kamon is the Rikugun standard: Yae Yamato Zakura (Double petalled cherry blossom with stamens) as found on later Gunto.


#5 tbonesullivan


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 04:43 PM

That grip material looks interesting. Could it be horn of some type? It's got grain to it I wouldn't expect from something synthetic, but it doesn't look quite like wood.

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#6 Stephen



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Posted 24 September 2019 - 05:15 PM

I agree with John...horn it is.
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#7 Yoshimichi


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Posted 27 September 2019 - 07:15 AM

Thanks , gentlemen, for all of the great information.


Best regards,

Bill E. Sheehan {Yoshimichi}

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