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  1. I'm not an expert but just to add I read about 'replacement' pieces made of wood such as shown above for use during the tea ceremony where being armed was not permitted. I've seen a few come around and they were shaped imitating tanto koshirae.
  2. Thank you Markus! In that case I suppose we should go with the Juyo paper's description.
  3. Ah sorry for the confusion, now I see there's also references to o suriage. I didn't have much time earlier and didn't read line for line. The ubu reference is also in the sayagaki according to the listing, maybe someone can quickly check. As for the length it could very well be shortened. When I check for funbari it's like my eyes are tricking me, sort of looks like there's some.
  4. I also never have seen this shape in combination with the rest of the piece listed before, but for such an ancient piece, ubu and the above mentioned rarity at juyo with this attribution I feel its not all that expensively priced. It seems to be a very nice package. I wonder what price a second or third tier school attribution with the aforementioned shape, age etc with Juyo origami would have.
  5. Hello, Michael, maybe add your name to your avatar. Excluding any comments on the swords value etc. it appears to be a real Japanese sword as in not a fake. I think maybe Edo period but I don't know much. The polish is not so great with rust but it's not too bad and maybe you can still appreciate the attributes of the steel. Does it have papers or a shirasaya? Might be worth repolishing. The koshirae, fittings it is in appear to be relatively simple as far as the materials used because the copper stands out to me but it has a very nice theme and workmanship in my opinion. Not excessive but sophisticated in a sense. Unique habaki too the moon against a drunk soldier who sees everything not double but triple during the day?!. I think it's a unique koshirae someone went all out. Not bad at all how did you acquire it? I hope others add their thoughts. Oh and http://www.nihontomessageboard.com/faq.html
  6. Super cool item I think. If I had the means I would seriously consider this one. Over 80cm, nice koshirae and hozon. I think this one is a fine package. https://www.aoijapan.com/nagamaki-mumei-kanefusa/ Anyone have an eye on it? Would've added sugata image but it's too big.
  7. Hi Everyone, Having neglected my browsing in the last few months, I checked out aoi art this afternoon and saw the following item. https://www.aoijapan.com/jumonji-yari:bushu-shitahara-ju-yasushige/ Now this piece raised some questions for me mainly because of the bohi on both sides. Now I'm not saying it is for sure a shady horimono job and I acknowledge there there might be a creation of a smith which he feels is top heavy and add these kind of bohi on the upper portion, but it seems to me (as this isn't the kind of carving you see often (this is true for me at least)), this is exactly what someone of lesser morals would opt to if there was a single part that seemed to have a flaw. What are your thoughts?
  8. I'm sure the maker would appreciate the appreciation, and I'm guilty of admiring many items across these boards. Happily for my the family, the dutch tax service gave me confirmation and the first payment on some mortgage related tax credit and this should've been given from the start of this year, now I seem to receive the same amount but spread over the 4 months remaining this year. If no one gets a spark from this specific piece, I'll keep it for myself (and call it a collection)
  9. Well honestly, i don't know much about armor. I think the shape was pretty much reserved for such class of warrior/governor etc. Perhaps also to be a clear recognizable image on the battle field? I know kabuto are also tricky as they rely heavily on condition, and many a laymen (like me), do not know what to pay attention to and perhaps buy something they regret later, after reading a little about it. I suppose here to one can probably better buy books to learn before buying something. Hopefully someone else will chime in.
  10. Don't take it as fact, but I think most jingasa were made with a base material (wood and other natural elements), and finished with lacquer. I think the general type was simply to keep the head dry, but there might be a large amount of foot soldiers that could not afford or simply wouldn't get a kabuto or full armor and thus opted for a lacquered jingasa for the above stated reason and probably because the lacquer was quite strong and would still protect the head area more than a hat made of reed in case for instance an arrow hit that region. Then again I'm not sure as most I've seen were reasonably simple. The shape you show is sometimes referred to as a Daimyo class but I'm not sure if its correct. It is most likely lacquered wood. I have one of such objects but surely it was not used for battle as it offers less protection than a wet towel!
  11. A quick search (on google), turned up a few good threads from the NMB.
  12. If i were in a better financial (not making water), position then it would be items like this, chanoyu or tea ceremony related items that would float my boat
  13. Not too mention any of those that were issued in the first years. Weren't there specific years for those shady deals and weren't they mainly the ones at HQ?
  14. Hello everyone, Due to some ongoing financial troubles with the family and home I'm listing my last tsuba. This tsuba is attributed to Umetada and has Tokubetsu Kicho origami from the NBTHK (dated Showa 51, 3rd month, 7th day or March 7th 1976). Apart from the interesting theme and backstory kind members of this forum informed me on, this tsuba although it has been mounted is in near mint condition. The original description when I purchased it years ago is as follows: Nami makimono zu tsuba (wave and scroll) Mumei (Umetada) Shakudo-ji maru-gata Ji-sukashi hirazogan Measurements: 69,2 by 66,3 by 4,2 mm thick The theme of this tsuba is the story of the Chinese strategist Zhang/Chang Liang and the immortal Huang Shigong when they met on a bridge. The scroll depicted is a scroll of military strategy. See picture below. A tsuba of the same design is also found in the Boston Museum. Asking price is $830,- or €700,- (more or less the same), + shipping Payment can be made by paypal (friends and family) Thanks for looking,
  15. This koshirae is quiet impressive. I rarely get thát kind of feeling from fittings but this item is really exquisite! Well done. For what it's worth the lacquer work looks very well done and the braids are as good as I've seen. The white shells actually look really good with the green silk (which without these photographs as evidence for it I would not imagine it to match this well).
  16. Sure I'll jump in! This was actually my last purchase, several months back. By Koichi Ohara.
  17. I totally agree and already admitted that the book might be incomplete or lacking certain information. But that point was already established and once more it is surely not mé to declare this specific book to be any of the above. I don't feel comfortable declaring that even though someone else might be. Therefor I only added the pages and some objective information, nothing subjective as I'm too much of novice..
  18. Not starting an argument but I was simply adding the information pertaining to the O kissaki subject from that one book. Take the following with a grain of salt as I'm not quoting from the book. If i recall correctly how it was stated in the book the Teiryo Yoji was based on 1 out of 4 (or 5) scrolls found. And those scrolls were pretty much the written (secret), record of the Honami family since the 1300's? I don't know, but even if it were just the last Honami I'm not the one to challenge that information.
  19. Who am i to argue the information in the Teiryo Yoji. Whether or not it's correct, incomplete or lacking information is really not up to me. I'm too much of a novice. They're all simply suggestions of what the swords look or should look like. It's very possible a Smith made o kissaki before anything shown in the book.
  20. After turning a couple of pages I suppose this is the earliest shown form of an extended kissaki (I'm on my phone and don't know how to rename images; filename ends with 152). Most of the larger kissaki shown within the first 100 pages are attributed to Soshu tradition. This is the first O kissaki (filename ends with 381).
  21. Hi John, Jussi, everyone; Not having the time to study each post and ponder on the implications, I did skim through this page and as I had the Teiryo Yoji on my lap yesterday, this question comes at the right time. Though not actual swords the examples, or information in the book was based on one of the scrolls from (can't recall the exact years); ±800 years, yet the earliest dates described in the book don't have any O kissaki. Anyway you probably know what the book is about. Continuing; if there were much earlier examples one could imagine one of the earlier generation of Honami appraisers/polishers would've seen it and included one of those examples somewhere in the mountain of data. Then again as the book is comprised of 1/5 of the information known in the family at least around 1600, who knows what information is unknown to us now. Anyway just a thought. If i have the time I'll check it out specifically for when the larger kissaki comes in.
  22. Hi, I'm stumped with the written appraisal on a lid of 2 Raku tea bowls. I know who is supposedly the writer; Korin Ohashi, who was the head-priest or chief of the Daitoku Temple group's Korin-in Temple. I keep getting an error on trying to upload the picture here so.. below link is just the photo. Edit: not sure what was happening but after restarting its not giving me the error anymore link removed. I'm hoping someone here can translate the appraisal, and i'm curious whether or not they are named. Thank you in advance,
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