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  1. An opinion would be welcome on this unusual Arts & Crafts enamelled spoon by the Sanju Workshop in Yokohama c.1880 Is it the place name? If so, why Katakana? カ Ka メ Me 井 sei ?
  2. Just to add a bit of information to SteveM. By the late 19th early 20th Century, items in the style of those originally produced in the former fiefdom of the Satsuma were being made in kilns all over Japan. The Hattori were based in Yokohama, so it was an easy process to supply the Western buyers, and ship it without inconvenience.
  3. Good afternoon Gentlemen, It may be a coincidence, but when the US Forces occupied Tokyo, (1945 - 1952), the Officers' Recreation Centre was based for some time in the former Imperial Naval Officers Club (Suikosha) situated on the Grounds of the old Hisamitsu Daimyo Residence in Minato - Ku. It was a 12 minute walk to the area where the current premises of Japan Sword Company are situated, they were known to have produced "Tourist" items using former Military style mounts.
  4. Good evening Oyabun, I reckon the Kamon is intentionally patinated black Silver, because the metal looks to have an even lustre, and the black marks are something else more carbon related. What say You, Piers Old Bean? Nice Find BTW
  5. Good afternoon Gentlemen, The Expression is similar to that of some of the warrior masks used in Bugaku. https://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1661&lang=en
  6. Good morning Gentlemen, Please look carefully at the support for the right foot. Looks like a lead based solder.
  7. Good morning Gareth, An interesting attribution to the Ono Ha Itto Ryu. This should fill in the gaps about this fine tradition, which was founded in 1580 by Ono Jiroemon Tadaaki (1565 - 1628), a Monjin (Disciple) of Itto Ittosai Kagehisa (1560 - 1653). It is however not the oldest school, as there are other systems still in existence which pre date it by a Century or so. https://budojapan.com/feature-articles/ono-ha-itto-ryu-yuji-yabuki-kiriotoshi/ Here's how they train: The resounding clash of the blades at the end of the section is from the use of "Habiki" katana, (real steel with no cutting edge), not Duramilium "Mogi-to" which are often used in Kendo no Kata.
  8. Hi Bruce, a Tousu 刀子 is a term for a small knife. Letter opener is a good call. Try searching with the elongated o - Hence Tousu https://www.japandict.com/刀子
  9. Thank you Moriyama San. Once again your expertise comes to the rescue. Very much appreciated
  10. I would appreciate an opinion on this brand name on a cigar case
  11. The following is a bit stage style, but should give you the general idea of how Tachi are worn: This is not real Armour, but modern repro.
  12. You have to go a long way to top this image by Kuniyoshi: https://www.vandaimages.com/2006BD0836-Sanjo-Munechika-forging-the-famous-blade-little.html
  13. Hardly a Wizard....... Merely a Minor Elf........ Jean hit it on the head with the Ogata Gekko Here's a sundry selection of swordsmith prints: https://www.artic.edu/artworks/24549/the-swordsmith-munechika-and-the-god-of-inari https://ukiyo-e.org/image/japancoll/p175-kogyo-kokaji--the-swordsmith-10171 https://ukiyo-e.org/image/artelino/43542g1 https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/60025319 https://ukiyo-e.org/image/harashobo/16121_3#&gid=1&pid=1 However, if you wish to purchase an Ogata Gekko print, try Hara Shobo: https://www.harashobo.com/english/
  14. Hi Bruno, I'm inclined to read this as Sukemitsu. https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/Japanese-craftsmanship-art-meiji-period/two-bronze-vases-two-pairs-bronze-vases-45/18327
  15. Could be "Megumi" (恵). See this site: http://www.smokingsamurai.com/UNKNOWN_MARKS2.html
  16. Hi Keith, The positioning of a sword on a stand, or even a fan in the hand, within the Household, was indeed a matter of some importance in Pre Modern Japanese Culture. The Sekiguchi Ryu tradition of Martial Arts and other Koryu (Pre - Meiji systems) contain elements of weapons training within the Household. Perhaps research the series produced in the 1970's by the Nippon Kobudo Shinkokai (Association of Ancient Japanese Martial Arts). Many of these are available on YouTube. The Ogasawara school of classic etiquette also detail such matters.
  17. Hi Chris, Keep looking on NMB For Sale section. Most members here are ok. The ones that are not, tend to shoot themselves in the foot pretty early on. Look for number of Posts as an indicator. Good Luck !!
  18. Hi guys, out of interest, have a closer look at the Kojiri, imagine it without the applied Pseudo Tokugawa Kamon. Looks like a repurposed Kojiri from a longer Koshirae. I wonder if we are dealing with early Meiji? If so, then this falls into the category of Hama Mono i.e. things from the Port, made up from bits and pieces to be sold to the Tourists. An interesting piece of History nonetheless.
  19. Hi Johan, Welcome Aboard!! You are very fortunate to have a strong South African Contingent here on NMB. Brian, who runs this Ship is also based in S.A. Enjoy the Voyage of Discovery!!!!
  20. Good afternoon Gentlemen, The image of the Skull Bones and Summer Grasses suggests that the inscription on the other side, is possibly a Death Poem, of either Jisei 辞世 or Jisei - Ei 辞世詠 format. It is beautifully cut.
  21. There is a list of Bonji here on NMB thread title Bonji : Fudo Myoo?
  22. Absolutely Agree. His Urushi work on Saya is also worth noting.
  23. Good evening Gentlemen Thank your for all your comments. The title of the thread was Buyer Beware. As an Antiques Dealer, of 35 years standing, known to have an interest in Japanese arms and armour, with a large Gallery in the City of Bath, UK. I have been offered suitably distressed versions of the type 98 that was produced in Hanwei a few years ago. These new ones are currently available on the manifest of the manufacturer in China, according to their website. The thread was no more than a heads up to the membership here, thirty years down the line, the next generation of collectors will encounter them. I believe that the Royal Armouries in Leeds often includes examples of fakes in its archive, to show as a teaching example to future generations of curators.
  24. "go to the international forum markets in tokyo and there are always nakago for sale. $30 " That sounds like the Oedo Nominoichi (Flea Market), between Yurakucho and Tokyo stations. 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, unless its raining (Sometimes on a Saturday, if clashes with events at the International Forum).
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