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  2. This small (61 x 48mm), but weighty shibuichi tsuba is almost certainly Mito tradition, and very likely Uchikoshi school. It displays the usual elevated appearance below the seppadai, textured carving on the left hand side and bottom of the tsuba, and menuki-like subject in the right-hand corner, as seen in Uchikoshi work. The theme is of Osho sennin watching an umbrella descending from heaven with a scroll attached. According to Henri Joly in Legend in Japanese Art, ‘Osho was the disciple of the great fairy, Choyo-Soshi, later, he retired alone to Mount Tesa. As Choyo was travelling in Ryusen, her umbrella served her to send a letter to Osho, by throwing it through the sky the distance of some two hundred Chinese Li, between Ryusen and Sasen.’ Box not included. £275
  3. Thanks everyone for the interest and the comments, really appreciate the support. Just want to give a quick update that I listed the first batch of 9 swords for sale here. Please check them out and let me know if you have any questions, happy to help.
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  5. I want to begin sharing and offering some swords from the John Plimpton collection. My goal will be to list 8 to 10 every other day or so this week and next. It might take a shorter time, it might take longer, but I’m very excited to share these with the forum. The descriptions and pictures I provide may be brief given the volume to work through but I’m happy to answer questions and provide more pictures upon request. Eventually these may all end up on eBay with some nicer photos, but in the interest of time I thought it would be better to get something out to the forum first. All swords offered are included in his book. Prices posted are usd and negotiable, but all swords are first come, first served with none reserved unless a meaningful deposit is made. Here are details on the first batch (excerpts from the book attached below, more pictures in each of the dropbox links): 1. High ranking railway official saber – very rare example, possibly the same one photographed in Dawson’s, pristine mounts but the blade has some rust – asking $6,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ynh5qpupk7uq06k/AABI8LyueQGnKjTEtgm4sfMBa?dl=0 2. North China Railway Shin Gunto – very clean and near mint example, signed blade, adorned with the winged wheel logo on the kabutogane and nakago - $5,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/47qpobv87rbsr4d/AADtjwMcQQJG5MTFkzPSTcTna?dl=0 3. Ornate parade saber – yes, it’s just a parade saber but it is a one-of-a-kind parade saber with extremely ornate gold decoration on the saya (note the hangers) and the letters ‘F. R.’ engraved in gold on the blade, supposedly done in Spain - $4,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5eg9dr7wsromrep/AAABpwlQHrlS8z_fqQb_SOiga?dl=0 4. General’s Kyu Gunto – don’t get to see these as often as we like, this one is very clean and pristine with vivid tortoise shell tsuka, all wire wraps present, minty murata-to style blade, and custom decoration on the back strap - $5,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n7sxrajk4z1kvyx/AAAa5JLs2GvT8ksRk1QMiNuLa?dl=0 5. Type 25 – earlier type 25 NCO cavalry sword, matching numbers, still has the leather finger loop, what’s not to love? - $1,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vcxn8y6yonsyqa3/AADsgR91N26RUmcrkHp43ckNa?dl=0 6. Type 7 Colonial Chosen Police saber – carried by mounted police of the Chosen (Korean) colonial administration. To my knowledge, very rare - $1,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4kpjv34sscgnda7/AACJsJQiGU-A7rLdw9mfU1J9a?dl=0 7. Type 36 1903 Police officer saber – early police saber carried by mounted police officers and jailers. To my knowledge, very rare - $1,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eob7hx1hvwdfbqm/AACiezwDKpQ7xgqZQB1bM5XXa?dl=0 8. Type 10 1877 Police officer saber – kyu gunto styled, this very early variant was carried by Tokyo police officers who helped quell the Satsuma Rebellion. Referenced also in Fuller & Gregory pg. 187-188. The blade is a mumei nihonto, 25 inch (63cm) blade length with a deeper sori, choji midare hamon, and looks Sue-Bizen to my eye. This is one of my favorites from the collection - $4,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6vd0qst5x2ivmsk/AAAimW7_71jNH-JJNDm9zvBaa?dl=0 9. Field Officer Kyu Gunto – has some custom decoration along the backstrap and a nihonto in the mounts. The blade is 27.75 inches (70cm) long, signed Naohiro, and features a Soshu-style suguha/notare hamon in nie deki with deep nioi guchi - $2,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3xrpe7ier647n8m/AACXqNFmo34-B8VwPTvSQrgEa?dl=0 10. 16 Court Swords – This is more of just an advert for these and I will do detailed pictures/descriptions for each sword in the coming days, but thought I would share a few summary pictures. There are all kinds including high ranks with tortoise shell handles, Imperial household, etc. If you see one you want let me know. They are not being offered as a batch, but...I guess they could be if you want all of them. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b9k9069263mcj7r/AADZkErZkIM_owMJA71KhZzCa?dl=0 Also, I have a minty Type 95 NCO from the collection listed on eBay here (lower price if you buy direct from me): https://www.ebay.com/itm/373806914507 And a minty field officer grade parade saber from the collection listed on eBay here (lower price if you buy direct from me): https://www.ebay.com/itm/224714350241 Please reach out if interested. Happy to help and thanks for your consideration. I can be reached via PM or at soheiswords@gmail.com.
  6. Here is best pics I can get of boshi. The original boshi was quite obscure and hard to make out-see previous pics of original boshi in this post before polish. After polish one was visible. I asked David was there a boshi there or did you make an artificial one. He said the original tempering on the blade wasn’t the best but the original boshi was intact. I know a blade of this age has condition issues. The boshi is the part that makes the attribution difficult on this one.
  7. I can confirm that the saya is matching. Will see if I can get a photo of the drag.
  8. I saw blades declined on the basis of polish, but my personal guess would be this one will paper. With boshi photographed more can be said about the likely attribution.
  9. Should I get this blade repolished when I send it for papers. I am more knowledgeable regarding polishing and had the blade just finish polished a couple years ago by David Hofhine which was just finish polish which removed very little metal. I know when being judged especially when eventually trying to attain higher level papers they will know the difference between a Hofhine polish and Jimmy Hayashi polish. Once again the geometry of the blade is still intact I had just finish polish done at that time. I am assuming the blade is prob Soden Bizen or Soshu blade hoping.
  10. Hi guys, I'm trying to make sense of what is written on the nakago of a katana that will be for sale. Below are pix of the nakago and paper. I get Mumei (Monju) and then (Kiri Mei) but after that I'm lost. Appreciate any help. Thank you, Grey
  11. I can’t comment on anything to help as I’m too new to this. I was immediately drawn to the saya, I like the texture to it and wonder what it is and how it was done.
  12. Making some space on the bookshelf, the following sword books are for sale: 1) Gendaito Made at the Minatogawa Shrine by Herman Wallinga. Good condition NZ$132.00 2)The Oshigata Book by Fuller & Gregory. Good condition, some discolouration of the spine NZ$160.00 3)Yasukuni-to Tradition and Ideal Beauty by Tom Kishida, comes with a spiral bound English translation NZ$80.00 Personally i think this is the better Yasukuni book, it is printd on glossy paper and the photos are very sharp. 4)An Oshigata Book of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868-1945 by John Slough, some marking on the front cover NZ$450.00 5) Gendai Toko Meikan by Ono, spine is broken, comes with an English index of smiths. NZ$120.00 6) The Gassan Tradition Musem of Fine Arts Boston. Bottom right hand corner of the cover is dog eared totherwise good. NZ$80.00 All plus postage and packing. Payment by bank transfer. Chris Colman
  13. Yes, very Houju-ish, yes its consistent with early Gassan. Still think its Muromachi. Something a lot of people frown at as provincial - random patches of noticably blacker steel, very wide and often rough bands of masame.
  14. It's bamboo with resident's
  15. Ol boy reminds me of the gun show sellers, they buy sell and trade not Nihonto affectionatos so give him a bit of slack.
  16. Had access to my DSLR this weekend and also with a help from some well placed lighting. Got a nice video of some of the hada I'll stop filling the forum with photos of this sword now haha
  17. Hi all, Selling a few Tsuba for a friend: 1.) A Saotome Mokogata Sukashi Tsuba with designs of Mushrooms; Mid to late Edo? 325.00 USD 2.) A Saotome-Tempo school Mokogata Sukashi Tsuba; Mid Edo. 275.00 USD 3.) Later Kaneiye style tsuba, with design of geese and reeds, possibly Saga; Mid to late Edo? 175.00 USD 4.) Not sure of the school, late Edo period, rather thick. I am assuming there was more inlay once upon a time. 125.00 USD *All prices exclusive of shipping and insurance (if so desired). Please PM me if you’re interested in one or more of the above or need further pictures. PayPal would be the preferred method of payment. Thanks! Sincerely, Austin Ross
  18. Yes, a must have book. One of the longstanding issues with our current reference options are lack of good quality photos of examples. The information here so far is pretty cursory but pictures are worth a thousand words.
  19. Just watched the clip on the page, looks like neat book to come, ill deff be getting a copy but he could be abit more caring with the way he handles his own swords. A few moments i cringe.
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  21. Thanks for your input Geraint! Can you elaborate when you said, "Personally I'm not convinced by the calligraphy, but all the oshigata I have seen have been by the early generations?" I'm not quite sure what you meant based on the context, plus I'm still new to the nihonto terms. Yes, I still love the look and quality of the sword, regardless. I also looked at that same diagram for the yasutsugu school but its hard to make out which it would be specifically since the bottom left portion of the second "tsugu" character is also different from the one you pointed out. But yeah, I will try to take more detailed pictures of the everything with a better camera when I get the time. I would definitely like to know as much as I can about the sword. Thanks again for your feedback!
  22. I have a similarly pleasant memories of attending a meeting in Belfast, North Ireland and I have only positive remarks. I saw more blades than I could've imagined, learned alot and was just fully absorbed in the amazing collection of artefacts that managed to be assembled for (amongst others), my pleasure! Remember seeing an ancient Hoju blade in hand, amazing tosugu, koshirae and so much more. Had good Japanese food and a beer with fine chaps and to top it all of was brought into someone's collection at home (a Hirata daisho tsuba will never be forgotten, gorgeous set). Kyle, Ian, Peter and everyone there thank you again for making a spontaneous trip and a first meeting in a sense such an awesome experience! 🙏
  23. I am looking for (confirmed) signatures of Ukyo no Suke Katsumitsu (3rd Generation Katsumitsu) If anybody has any for share please kidnly post them or send me a message. Thank you very much
  24. Bathing Crows is almost always a Goto design. I have no idea why it wasn't knocked off or copied by other schools.
  25. Tsuba has been sold, thank you.
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