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  1. For anyone seriously considering, the seller of this Nobukuni has sent me full pictures. They are too heavy to upload here, but can go to your mail~ PM me, please. Kelly
  2. These are all the pics I have at present, Robert. For anyone seriously considering, I can ask for a whole raft - but then send to your email. K
  3. Correction: Heisei 7(1995) Dai 41 Juyou Token. My apologies for the typo. Kelly
  4. My apologies, Robert, the seller was on business trip~ Will post more shortly. Kelly
  5. Sold! Thanks to all who inquired. Kelly Schmidt Japanese Antique Auctions
  6. Hi Friends! Time for another special offer from Irokawa-San (aka Kanagawa_kottou on Yahoo auctions). We've sold 3 Juyou blades together already this year, and I am honoured that he asks me to offer this very special First Generation Nobukuni to you at a very attractive price. 初代信国の重要刀剣短刀 First Generation Nobukuni Juyou Tantou!! Heisei 7(1995) Dai 21 Juyou Token. As you know, there are a number of Nobukuni from Nanbokucho thru Muromachi, but of course Shodai 初代 is top rank. Now, in Tokyo, Muromachi era Nobukuni wakizashis are going for up to 7 million yen - and actually, tantos are going beyond that. Nagasa 29.3cm. Some info on Wiki (sorry, Japanese only...) 初代信国→https://ja.wikipedia.org/ wiki/%E4%BF%A1%E5%9B%BD_(%E5%8 8%9D%E4%BB%A3) More pics and information available. Serious inquiries only. PM me, please. 3,200,000 yen. (does not include shipping, export fees, insure, bank transfer fees. No Paypal, bank transfer only, please.) Thanks, Kelly Schmidt Japanese Antique Auctions Disclaimer: As an auction broker, I am acting on your behalf only to buy an item. I will offer my opinion when asked, but I am NOT an expert. My explanations are translations of the seller’s assertions, not recommendations to buy. It is the buyer’s responsibility to judge quality and authenticity. Auctions in Japan are no claim/no return. Please note that even when a seller blatantly misrepresents, there is no guarantee that your money can be recovered. Yahoo Auctions has no buyer protection plan nor any dispute system. Further, payments are made by bank transfer or post office account, so after the money is transferred, it is in the seller’s possession. Police do not generally get involved in personal business transactions. So see all pictures, ask all questions and understand the risks BEFORE bidding. Where there are certification papers, the buyer is responsible for understanding the nature, meaning and reliability of each kind of paper. The buyer is responsible to check his country’s import and airline cargo restrictions before bidding. Further, there is always the possibility that an item cannot be exported from Japan (example: Ministry of Culture or Japan Customs denies export). As a broker, I can take no responsibility for these impediments, and as such, my fees and my exporter’s fees will not be refunded. The item will have to be resold in Japan, and additional fees paid for reselling before the remainder is refunded to you. I reserve the right NOT to bid on any item, solely on my own judgement, for whatever reason I deem fit. I export by legal means only. Please do NOT ask me to export without legal permit (where required) or for labeling such as “replica, decoration, fake”, etc. This is illegal and could result in confiscation of your item, and loss of my license… or worse. Some other services flout this law. I do not. Let’s keep in mind that the law was made to protect the Japanese history that we so love! I take no responsibility whatsoever for the loss or damage of your item by delivery agents, shipping companies and exporters.
  7. Rather a lot to show, haha. Perhaps better if I attach all to a regular mail. Thanks! Kelly
  8. Thanks for the heads up, Stephen. Can you click on the pics and then expand? If not, anyone considering can PM me with their email address and I will attach to a mail. Sorry, I'm somewhat technically-challenged... Haha~ Kelly
  9. Here, my friends, is a deal which was long in the making. As you know, much respected Yahoo seller kanagawa_kottou Irokawa-San sells the finest quality. This is the treasured possession of his grandfather's good friend who is aging, and, after much consideration, has decided with great reluctance to part with it. The owner wants to find the just the right home for it, so he will not offer it on auction or elsewhere. I offer it on his behalf, to someone who with treat it with utmost care and respect. 時代・・・江戸時代中期(約330年前) Mid Edo, about 330 years old. Very good condition. Juyou certificate Heisei 4 (1992) October 30. 刃長さ・・・69.75cm Nagasa 反り・・・1.4cm Sori 元幅・・・3.25cm Motohaba 先幅・・・2.25cm Sakihaba 金額・・・350万円 Seller's Price: 3,500,000 yen (to which my fee, export fees, and bank transfer fees will be added. No Paypal.) Koshirae also Edo, and of considerable value by itself. Owner bought it for 6,500,000 yen many years ago, and was offered 5,000,000 yen recently, but turned it down. It would seem that price is not the only consideration here. It is more important to find the right person to take this blade into the future, so, to that person, we offer at 3,500,000 yen. (This is a substantial discount, so no further negotiation, please). Please see the attached photos and consider at your leisure. Kelly Schmidt (my usual disclaimer applies. Please see my mail outs or inquire)
  10. I was salivating over this, myself. A pretty penny, to be sure. Repatriated from US Compton Collection. Showa 37 (1962) older Tokubetsu Kicho certificate... Seller Kimura-San one of my favs. Kelly Schmidt
  11. Mmm... true, not so easy to isolate... Here is a link for 古銅 (bronze) okimono, kabin vase), zou (statute) under antiques: https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/search/search?va=%E5%8F%A4%E9%8A%85&vo=%E8%8A%B1%E7%93%B6+%E7%BD%AE%E7%89%A9+%E5%83%8F%E3%80%80%E3%83%96%E3%83%AD%E3%83%B3%E3%82%BA&ve=&ngrm=2&fixed=0&auccat=20000&aucminprice=6000&aucmaxprice=&aucmin_bidorbuy_price=&aucmax_bidorbuy_price=&l0=0&abatch=0&istatus=0&gift_icon=0&charity=&ei=UTF-8&tab_ex=commerce&slider=0&f_adv=1&fr=auc_adv&f=0x4 And another for various metals simply under antiques. Quite a mixed bag, sorry, but hard to cut out the junk without losing a lot... https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/search/search?va=&vo=%E3%83%96%E3%83%AD%E3%83%B3%E3%82%BA%E3%80%80%E5%8F%A4%E9%8A%85%E3%80%80%E9%87%91%E3%80%80%E8%83%B4%E3%80%80%E9%8A%80%E3%80%80%E9%87%91%E5%B1%9E%E3%80%80&ve=&ngrm=0&fixed=0&auccat=20000&aucminprice=6000&aucmaxprice=&aucmin_bidorbuy_price=&aucmax_bidorbuy_price=&l0=0&abatch=0&istatus=0&gift_icon=0&charity=&ei=UTF-8&tab_ex=commerce&slider=0&f_adv=1&fr=auc_adv&f=0x2
  12. Wow. Oh, I am so thrilled to hear this, Ben. As you know, I also was quite taken with this piece, and as I repacked it, I was sorely tempted to keep it for myself! Haha! But now, hearing your special childhood memories, I know it will be cherished and that it has found its rightful home. Thanks also to John A. Stuart for the explanation of the difference between hawks and falcons. I had often wondered, as there are many samurai clan kamon crests using the feathers, and as the martial connotation is strong. Just a note to all members, although there are sales taxes (8%, sometimes broken out separately in brackets on the auction page) there is no export tax. All antiques over 200,000 yen in value must simply be checked to ensure cultural treasures are not being exported. The process takes a few weeks at the Japan Ministry of Culture, and I've never been denied, so I think largely a formality for auction items. Enjoy, Ben! Kelly Schmidt Japanese Antique Auctions on NOW!
  13. It has always been my understanding that Japan Ministry of Culture export permission is required for all antique items over 200,000 yen, and ALL nihonto (regardless of value) over 15cm of length (ie. all those which have a police tourokusho which must be cancelled due to the blade being exported.) I have sometimes even had trouble getting kozuka and small yari spears out through Japan Customs, even though they were under 15cm and had no tourokusho... Essentially, the purpose of the export permit is to tell the police that the blade has left the country and therefore can be deregistered, and also to tell the Japan Customs staff - who have no experience nor authority in judging - that the blade can go out and is not a national treasure. Japan Customs people call me regularly, anytime something looks iffy, and let me tell you, these people are not risk takers. They follow the rules to a T. One more point. The Japan Ministry of Culture does NOT charge 6000 yen for export permission. They have no fees. Kelly Schmidt Japan Antique Auctions
  14. Thank you as always, Gentlemen. Yes, I've occasionally been contacted by people who had bought blades through Jaunce or other automated services by disabling the blocking. Then they were told to find someone in Japan to export it for them or the blade would be thrown away! Going forward, I can imagine that the automated services may start offering to export blades for a fee. But then they don't know how to handle blades, nor about the impediments which may exist on your side - which may change without notice due to changes in airline terror policies, or the nation's laws. My blade exporter here in Japan tries to stay on top of these changes and to date we have never yet failed to export a blade. We failed only once - in exporting a gun to the US. We got the export permit successfully from the Ministry of Culture... but then Japan Customs told us that it was illegal to export a working gun. To the US!! You can't export a gun to the US?!! Hahahaha!!!! Hope I can be of service. kschmidt1127@gmail.com Yoroshiku onegai shimasu. Kelly Schmidt Japan Antique Auctions
  15. Hi Friends, A few of the points made by Aoi I am checking with them as well as with my blade exporter. In my experience, sending blades directly to US, UK, France, and Germany has been no problem. However, Canada has required sending to a middleman in the US first, and many European countries (Belgium, Italy, Russia, Hungary, etc.) require a stopover in the UK. The PO system in South Africa and be problematic, so we were surprised that Brian's blade went through smoothly (congrats, Brian!) My blade exporter has had problems with certain areas in Australia, saying that only NSW (Sydney) and Queensland can accept, due to differences in territorial laws. Keep in mind that both Customs laws and airline policies can change quickly, for example, due to terrorism threats. They are not carved in stone. The only countries with no import tax, to my knowledge, are the US and Hong Kong. Aoi will only export blades you buy through them. They will not act as a proxy for blades you find elsewhere, such as Yahoo Auctions, Buyee, etc. I noticed Aoi also has matchlocks on their site, so I asked about them. They said they could export, for example, to the US. However I tried to export one to USA last year, and received Japan Ministry Of Culture export permit, but when it reached the airport, Japan Customs said it was illegal to export working guns from Japan. Haha... imagine that, illegal to export a gun to the US!! They answered, " in any case exporting matchlock is much complicated than swords. sometimes it takes many procedures and time." If you have any questions about blade export, I will be happy to be of service. Kelly Schmidt Japanese Auctions
  16. Cheers, Stephen. Glad to be of service. Hey, love your profile picture. lol If not for the mountain in the way, I'd have almost that same view from my window. Kelly
  17. Thanks for your mail. Actually, I tried this recently, but ebay said, because I had canceled an auction a few months earlier, in order to "avoid disappointing bidders" too often, they would charge me. Which they did. The full 10% on a $3000 kabuto. Ouch! Kelly
  18. HI Brian, I'll give for 10% off start price. Of course, if it gets a bid, then I can't cancel~ Lots of watchers, even it just started a few hours ago on ebay. Still 6 days to go. Cheers, Kelly
  19. Tucked in the obi sash, this heavy kabuto wari was a formidable weapon. But stylish, too. Fine copper work with karakusa vines. Lovely iron aji (patina). Subtle sori curve. Rare. Bought from armor specialist with over 40 years experience in the business. Guaranteed authentic Edo era. Material: Iron, copper. Size: 44.5cm (17.8”) about 320g Buy on ebay, or direct. Ebay start price $399.00 http://www.ebay.com/itm/132076968425?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 See my other kabuto wari, and other items on ebay now. Kelly
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