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  1. So the likely original pattern was maybe Warabité or unfurling baby fern tips.
  2. The iron plate does resonate nicely, yes. To keep the ball rolling, take a look at some of the detail in the photo, and feel free to question.
  3. Yes, Chris, I agree. Iron usage is rather unusual though, and there are some other aspects which set this one apart. 錫杖 Shakujō https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=錫杖&client=safari&hl=ja-jp&prmd=isvn&sxsrf=ALiCzsY1XdIPAEoV3BkCzyqjQFv98Mhs0A:1654392087079&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi1mK3lkpX4AhUAwTgGHegJDRAQ_AUoAXoECAIQAQ&biw=414&bih=715&dpr=2 Short handled Te-shakujō https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=手錫杖&client=safari&hl=ja-jp&prmd=isvn&sxsrf=ALiCzsagf2vkRfFDPGKBDm2AlJ4m3nDWMA:1654392720028&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjxupWTlZX4AhWP8HMBHfbhC6AQ_AUoAXoECAIQAQ&biw=414&bih=715&dpr=2
  4. Here is a one-handed object that has been around the house for about fifteen years. Gradually I have built up a background to it in my mind. Some of the possibilities are interesting. What do the honorable members think?(I may have shown this before, many years ago, but it’s had time to mature.) Information. Iron, with a wooden handle. Disc 8.7 cm (wangata) has a fine clear ‘ring/ting…’ when struck. 12 iron rings which rattle. Dialog(ue) now open. Take it away!
  5. Yes, that is the stockmaker’s family name. The name on the barrel is the gunsmith’s name. You say .73, so that must be … er… uh… 1.85 cm, so yes, 10 Monmé!!! A goodly size/weight of gun, not for the faint-hearted. It was a cooperative manufacturing process between the barrel maker (the central figure) and the lock maker and butt/stock maker.
  6. The bore looks to be around 1.8 cm, (?) which would make it a 10-Monmé 士筒Shizutsu or samurai gun, larger than the average footsoldier’s battlefield weapon. Just a guess at muzzle caliber from the photo.
  7. This smith has come up here perhaps twice before. Difficult to read name which I have to go back and work out again each time!!! 充Mitsu… (can also be read…) 江州国友藤兵衛充俶 Gō-Shū Kunitomo Tōbei Jūshuku (?) He is listed as a child of the famous Kunitomo Ikkansai, which will give you an idea of his working life (around Bunka). The stockmaker’s individual name is erased, but there is a 四居角左衛門 常政 listed as working in the Tempo years.
  8. Is this yours Sabastian? Very good quality. Probably early to mid 1800s. 藤兵衛Tōbei is a famous 国友Kunitomo line of smiths. (I am just starting to research in more detail your individual smith, and the stock maker. If anything comes up, watch this space!)
  9. *Ōmata Kanpū (?) http://webcatplus.nii.ac.jp/webcatplus/details/creator/320691.html *****This was wrong. See Moriyama San below!
  10. Western news sites are all calling it a katana, which it is of course, but none mention that it is more properly a Tachi. (This news with NMB Hiromitsu update is now doing the rounds within sword circles in Japan.) As it appears in Fujishiro
  11. Apologies re the box. I think there may be an extra stroke covered over by the kusazuri. Although not with the cuirass, it’s probably 毛利 Mōri.
  12. Andy, if you call it a dove, it sounds better.
  13. Wearing of swords in public was banned at the beginning of Meiji. Those covers are traditionally made for practical use. All of my instincts tell me they are (late?) Edo period. The Mon/Kamon itself looks to be a multiple affair, an indication of late Edo when the system was breaking down and everyone wanted to have or put together a Mon. PS I am about to look for one 一 and ※ or 米 - a rice mark symbol, or as the actual word for rice 米文字 Komé Moji.
  14. That is just the Heisei date with T’s signature. No web site so far shows the other side.
  15. Chris, does "worth 698.408,00 USD" = $698 thousand, four hundred and eight dollars and 0 cents? ($698,408). I am not used to continental mathematical notations.
  16. The leather hilt cover with the red Mon looks to be in good condition and could be worth $50. The other smaller one might even be for a spear but probably not worth much alone.
  17. Google 家紋鳩丸 鳩の丸 Andy, try Hato maru or Hato no maru.
  18. This is p.294 of the J version.
  19. Possibly someone has an English version and might post a photo of that page for you?
  20. Well, I would have to say that is one possibility, David. I would recommend getting the Shin Kacchushi Meikan by Sasama Yoshihiko. I believe there is an English version available; at least my Japanese version has a section on your particular smith Yoshihisa. (There were at least 15 Yoshihisa with these two 吉久 Kanji.)
  21. Hi Ryu, It kind of depends on which Kanji you use 五十嵐? and where in Japan your branch of the family came from originally. Here is an Igarashi page with three of their/your Mon/Kamon. https://ameblo.jp/dra8gon/entry-12271576699.html
  22. Yes, upside down, but in the distance it does look like 吉久 and 作 (made by), but I do not see 正.
  23. Quote: “Blade just needs some minor cleanup” …says who? This does seem wildly optimistic. Are you prepared to spend serious money on a professional polish?
  24. Try the Togishi 真津仁彰(Hitoaki Manazu) https://wakokoro.org/story/manazu-hitoaki/
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