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Anthony de Vos

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  1. Hi! A one off auction. I don’t think it will be repeated on the Bonham action. Some of the prices were marketX10. Something very fishy went down on the Sothenby’s, money laundring? Who knows.. Anthony
  2. Hi! Here is a nice variations of ya in a transportation box. Regards, Anthony
  3. Hi! Really? It’s in the same section-Katchu. Regarding the mempo, If you like it keep it. I have 2 Showa mempo I bought and kept, I even keep a gendai kabuto I like. Everything nice doesn’t need to be Bamen or Saotome. Anthony
  4. Hi! Don’t destroy the patina. No ”mint steel condition” please. Anthony
  5. Hi! My believe is that this kabuto is not typical for Bamen school. The iron hachimanza is rather large compared to the general size from the Bamen. The mabesashi is not typical for Bamen koboshi of the period (could be a replacement). The koboshi should be more conical. There is no gunbai pattern typical for Bamen koboshi (few exeptions are extant). The harai date doesn’t feel right. Lovely old kabuto but I think the origin is from somewhere else. Nice find. Anthony
  6. Hi! Jan, didn’t the Stibbert example have 3 barrels inside a larger one? Anthony
  7. Hi! I am looking for menuki depicting matchlock guns. I am happy for any heads up. Regards, Anthony de Vos
  8. Hi Curran! Thanks for your reply! The post may be old but datings of Saotome tsuba seems to be the same today, with many mentions of Muromachi and Momoyama. I was interested in what time period the tosogu experts on the forum think the school was active. Regarding the question if the armorers and tsuba makers are the same, there were no Saotome school before the armor makers started it, that is my belief. I guess it's like the viking era in my home country, when I went to school it was the 9:th century, now it started in the sixth, knowledge expands with research. There is extensive research done on the Saotome school armor makers, by Dr Orikasa to mention one. Maybe not so much on the tsuba side? There are fake Saotome helmets due to their popularity, in spite of the technical difficulties in the solutions. I wonder about the tsubas, almost every tsuba with a chrysanthemum design is labeled Saotome. Is that to simplifie thinks I wonder. Regards, Anthony
  9. Hi Hamish! Since I obviously was one of the posters worth smerking at (It's not my tsuba) I would like to hear your view on the dating for Ko-Saotome tsuba. I am more attuned to the world of Japanese armor and there Saotome school belongs to the Edo period and certainly not Muromachi. Late Momoyama is debated. Just interested since I se all these early dating estimations on tsuba. Regards, Anthony
  10. Hi! Modern day schoolars like Dr Orikasa believes that the Saotome school of armor smiths are an Edo period school with the founder, the ronin chikara, later taking the name Ietada was active from the very beginning of the Edo period. It seems like the world of sword fittings refer to Saotome smiths with the same names as the armor smiths, but place them one hundred years or more earlier than the same school making armors. Someone with any idea why? No one believe the old Myochin genealogi with smiths from the Heian period anymore but regarding the Saotome school Muromachi period is still considered. I have difficulties to see how any Saotome tsuba could be younger than the very beginning of the Edo period, based on the Saotome armor school time frame of activity. Regards, Anthony
  11. Hi! There is no reason whatsoever to destroy the ukebari If you only want to look for a mei and not the technical construction. Buy and endoscope. Works well and you can also use it If playing doctor and nurse 😁 Anthony
  12. Hi! I think the star in your collection of ozutsu is no.4 from the front. A Yonezawa matchlock with that calibre is so rare that it doesn’t exist, it’s an Urban myth😁 Anthony
  13. Exellent find Gary! Lovely gun. It will be interesting to see If There is a mei. The story about the 2,5 m was really bad luck. I wouldn’t sleep for a month If it happened to me 😁 Anthony
  14. Hi! I would say 3000$ and up for a simple okashi with a Zunari kabuto. Anthony
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