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Anthony de Vos

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  1. Hi! The four revolvers from top down; 1. Made in Japan. Mixed influences from more than one brand. Japanese registration 2. Colt M/1851 Navy. Made in US and exported to Japan. Japanese registration 3. Colt M/1851 Navy. Made in Japan probably under a Colt Brevete licens. Japanese registration 4. Copy of Colt M/1848 pocket. Made in Japan, series number 1!!, I think it's a very early Japanese made revolver. Anthony
  2. Indeed Jean! Both bayonets double as sidearms in their own right.
  3. Hi! This one with Japanese holster for quick draw😁 Anthony
  4. Hi! Here is my Enfield rifle M1858 Navy If I remember right. It has Japanese round up markings and lovely cloud inlays on the barrel. They where fitted with eighter the yagathan bayonet or, more rarely, the fearsome cutlass. This one is fitted with the cutlass but you see both versions in my picture. Anthony
  5. Hi! I love Japanese Bakumatsu revolvers. Here are my lot. Anthony
  6. Hi! I got the Jumonji, I found it interesting and different to my regular ones. Thanks for the name, I didn't know. Mei Harima no kami Minamoto Shigetsugu Piers, I got the Horagai as well, do know why, I already have a nice big one. I blame my auction trigger finger. Anthony
  7. Hi! Piers, the Yonezawa at the top is 10 monme. Under There is a 50 monme Seki. Then there are two ten monme Seki were one is converted to percussion. That one is made in Kunetomo and returned there for the percussion upgrade. The one at the bottom is kind of a hybride. It’s a six monme bajozutsu. The stock and lock is all Seki but the barrel is maybe nanban and pegs are holding the barrel, not the brass or cupper bands you normaly see on both schools. The 50 monme Seki has both the original cupper and brass band as well as a set in silver with chrysantemum decorations. Anthony
  8. Hi! Yonezawa and also the sibling, Seki school are my favouries. Here are my small group. Anthony
  9. Hi! I am looking for a set of menuki with gunbai theme. Regards, Anthony
  10. Hi! I have mailed Kelly as well. They should be able to get in contact with Magnus. AdV
  11. 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
  12. Hi! Here is a nice variations of ya in a transportation box. Regards, Anthony
  13. 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
  14. Hi! Don’t destroy the patina. No ”mint steel condition” please. Anthony
  15. 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
  16. Hi! Jan, didn’t the Stibbert example have 3 barrels inside a larger one? Anthony
  17. Hi! I am looking for menuki depicting matchlock guns. I am happy for any heads up. Regards, Anthony de Vos
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
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