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Peter Bleed

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  1. Glen, Thanks very much for these comments and explanations. Understanding how, why, and when these guards arrived in Japan is our next challenge. Is there literature on this topic in China? If so, we need to get it - - - if only to look at the pictures! Again, thanks! P
  2. Dale, and friends, this has been an interesting bit of conversation. I am wondering - and truly unsure - about how active sword barrers (samurai, I guess) were in adjusting their koashirae. We individual free/able/ and expected to switch out their guards? Could guys change their tsuba as we (used to) change ties or cuff links? Thank you all for an interesting - and edifying - thread! Peter
  3. Friends, Please allow me to continue discussion of the margins of so-called "Namban tsuba". My basic inquiry is the degree to which pieces called "Namban" were: 1) "Japanese" creations made to look exotic, OR 2) Japanese modifications of imported pieces, OR 3) foreign creations that sort of involved Japanese aesthetics ... and ended up in Japan. Since we mainly see stuff that comes to us from Japan, finding unmodified foreign fittings is tough. I have sought out evidence that would support either 2 or 3, but finding unmodified Asian sword fittings is not easy. Here is a snapshot of a couple of non-Japanese guards that seem not adapted to use on Japanese blades. Do they look "Namban"? P
  4. This topic has gotten rather bulky, but please allow me to add another gaijin face. This one is a pair on the margins of really nicely carved dish - red hair, button nose, and round eyes. Peter (While you are inspecting it, look at all those "VOC's" in the tendrils).
  5. Thank you, thank you! Dale, you are a font. Indeed, we have seen that re-worked Juyo guard that featured a full-figured naked girl. Talk about outlandish stuff! And thank you for showing me that big-nosed profile hidden on the bilobed guards. GOOD EYE! This is a guard that presents another couple of gaijin images. It has a old NBTHK Green Paper and has been posted on the NBTHK-AB page.
  6. How embarrassing. OMG Very sorry, I should have started with google and not taken the time of NMB. SORRY! Do you suppose I can bury it in the garden? P
  7. No one else has offered me guidance about gaijin faces on Namban tsuba, so let me ask you to look at these two guards and four (!) bearded fellows. Namban ? - sure looks like that , notice one has a squared ana Gaijin? well, yes, round eyes and beards A type? I'd have to say "yes". similar design/construction. Reactions??? Peter
  8. Here's a pic of the whole rig. Boy, it feels like I ought to be wearing a mask and gloves
  9. UPS just dropped this off from a friend who said it was being returned to me! I truly do not recall ever owning it, Is this some manner of fantasy? Should I be as embarrassed as I feel? P
  10. David, I was simply suggesting that it might NOT be treated as unsalvagable junk in Japan. It certainly would not be "confiscated" but I think it could be registered. A polish would be so expensive that it might not be "wise", but I expect that it would be possible. These things happened. Peter
  11. Having let me explore the diversity of nakago-ana on Namban tsuba, I pray the help of the NMB community on another Namban issue. In addition to Oni faces, that are common on Namban guards, I think I’ve seen occasional presentations of individuals that look like foreigners, gai-jin. Has anyone else noticed this? Does it seem like a theme worth exploring? Peter
  12. I vote with the side that sees this as a Meiji era re-work - - if not true and classic kyu-gunto mounts. And - to go a bit farther - if it has boshi, and the "tsuka" disappears, I bet it could legally go back to Japan. Peter
  13. This thread has produced some interesting insights, worthy observations, and a couple of informative conversations. Thank you. Please allow me to attach this image of some of the various types of tsuba that are behind my initial inquiry. Peter
  14. Dale, Thank you very much! Indeed, that is exactly the feature that I was asking about. I must also acknowledge that I was aware of Dr. Lessenden's work. Indeed, I served as the outside evaluator on this thesis committee in 2002. He viewed these as "altered nakago-hitsu"and tried hard to link them to VOC symbology. I certainly respect this work, but I am suspicious of that explanation. I am trying to frame my suspicions positively. I especially appreciate the copy of the Boxer study. Indeed, I have never seen it so I am looking forward to reading it this evening! Thank you Once again the NMB has worked! Peter
  15. Colleagues, Can any one point me to a thoughtful treatment of Namban tsubas that have/had/or show a squared mid section of the nakago-ana? And what about those Chinese looking guards that present rectangular ana? Peter
  16. Thank you Piers and Brian. I had very little contact with guns while knocking about Japan, but I can certainly believe that folks are "careful" with firearms. But, I think that extra pieces must be available in Japan. I am quite sure that the extra tanegashima parts that were sold by Dixie Gun Works were made in Japan. The fact that those parts all sold out suggests that people DO need matchlock parts, and I have to wonder how many of those parts were sold back to Japan. Piers, please let me know if more odds and ends turn up. Peter
  17. I write to request the help of this fine community. I am hoping that someone here can tell me how to find and acquire a HIBASAMI for a Japanese matchlock. I don’t count myself as a tanegashima collector, but these things happen. As the attached image shows, I have this shootin’ iron that has lost its wick-holder. I just have to assume that there is a source for such things somewhere in Japan. Please, offer me advice - - or help. I am sure that I can manage adjusting a “generic” replacement…. Where to Japanese gun-slicks get their parts?
  18. This community regularly addresses how one begins collecting Japanese swords - - where and how to get swords, who to trust, and the etiquette to follow. But now I feel myself on the other side of these discussions. I am wondering how one STOPS collecting swords. My hobby involved 1) searching for “Japanese swords” (a broadly define category). That activity, led to 2) research. There was also a surprising amount of 3) social involvement – even friendships. And, of course, I have to mention that 4) I have a bunch of “swords.” I loved all four of those steps, but the reality of life is that all those activities have changed. “Swords” are not to be discovered as they once were, so I rarely have research questions to investigate. My social horizons are much smaller than they once were. And golly, a lot of my old friends are also old - - or dead. Of course, I still have some “swords” but by themselves, do they make me a “collector?” When and how does a fellow stop collecting? Peter
  19. Nice looking gun! Please show us the whole rig. Peter
  20. Steve, I hope you are right in predicting a shift led by a new generation. Finding support for 1) weapons and 2) War time gear may take a while. It will take a while, but it will be an interesting development. Peter
  21. Thank you for these comments. Bottom line is, - I think - that these weapons survive only outside of their homeland. I have to wonder how that will be treated in histories of Japan and Japanese swords written a century or two from now. Peter
  22. Are Showa era noncom swords and other arsenal-made blades legal in Japan? Can they be imported and registered today? Peter
  23. This ENTIRE thread is a reflection of Japanese social and intellectual patterns. In Japan social, ASSESSMENT of those things is as important as the things. That means that collectors have to follow socially accepted assessment. Becoming an expert involved learning what people THINK, oh,... and also being able to identify and assess the thing. Personal taste is always discounted in Japan. What YOU like is always less significant that what others judge to to be "good." Discussing topics like the top 10 etc is all right. But for us as individuals, we should always aim at getting the BEST possible swords. Practically, there are TWO approaches to collecting, 1) diversity OR 2) quality. We can either try to acquire the RANGE (historical, geographic etc. all the generations, and "schools") that is out there. OR we can acquire pieces that are the best of their types. Few of us can get any of the smiths beings discussed in this thread. But from an economic point of view, getting the BEST of whatever it is we are interested in, is the way to go. Learn your own "top 10" and aim at it... P
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