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  1. Hello All, I want to share a quick update with the forum that the book by John Plimpton showcasing all of the swords in his collection that have been for sale recently is now available for pre-order. The book is called Swords of the Emperor - A Guide to the Identification of Imperial Japanese Swords, 1873 – 1945. The pre-order information can be found here: https://www.headstamppublishing.com/purchase/swords-of-the-emperor-standard-edition. I hope everyone who wants a copy can order one and enjoys it along with a sword from the collection!
  2. Just a quick update, the Plimpton book is now available for pre-order here: https://www.headstamppublishing.com/purchase/swords-of-the-emperor-standard-edition
  3. Yes, I can confirm the blade is a murata-to blade. The mounts are exceptional and besides their rarity they are in premium condition. There is a star on the handle indicating it was carried by a one-star general.
  4. Here are a few excerpts and photos of some of the swords including the Ambassador sword.
  5. Hello Everyone, Just wanted to share a quick update that some of the swords from John Plimpton’s collection, set to be published in the upcoming book A Guide to the Identification of Imperial Japanese Swords, 1873–1945 are going under the hammer! 11 swords, including some of the marquee items in my opinion, will be auction by Cowan’s on April 27th in their Arms & Armor sale. The auction can be viewed here: https://www.cowanauctions.com/auction/4272022-arms-armor-13005 The Plimpton swords are lot #’s 156 to 166. If anyone has any questions on these swords, please let me know, I would be happy to help. Happy Bidding! Matt
  6. I really enjoyed helping Matt with this piece (thank you Matt for the shout out!). It is a fantastic example of a short gunto, from the Plimpton collection, with interesting provenance that Matt has pointed out. I think Maj. Kowada would have appreciated the Kanefusa in those mounts. A very fine example, cheers!
  7. This is terrible news. My condolences to his family. I met him once at the SF show and he was super kind and generous to share some really unbelievable swords with me, but especially he shared his time and knowledge which was more precious. He will be sorely missed.
  8. Hey Brian - yes, absolutely, I agree that's a great idea. I will PM you for directions on how to set it up. Thanks for your consideration.
  9. Just a quick update, I put out another batch of 8 swords in the For Sale section. I have another couple batches to go and soon will be sharing some of the fine tachis from the collection including coronation tachis, et al.
  10. Thanks everyone for their continued support and interest so far with the Plimpton collection. I want to share another batch with the forum. Here are details on the third batch: 19. Rare Type 8 Cavalry Sword – a very rare and early cavalry saber, based on German designs, probably made in Germany, with a plated scabbard (see also Dawson’s Swords of Imperial Japan, pgs. 26-27) - $2,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lh7sprrz4tbp0zl/AACtkLiOvkZIXaWGSynfjC0oa?dl=0 20. Rare Type 8 Cavalry Sword – a very rare and early cavalry saber, based on German designs, probably made in Germany, with a non-plated scabbard (see also Dawson’s Swords of Imperial Japan, pgs. 26-27) - $2,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/opk4ezpz03o7hl2/AABoTlphXPzzgxdvX8S2g4OJa?dl=0 21. Type 32 Cavalry Sword, Export Variation – another rare cavalry sword, this one is a Type 32 without normal markings indicating it was made as an export item for sale to other countries - $1,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1d7jsmv6tdvkfe5/AABBe1l0xI3TTZ9B7B9qaXPKa?dl=0 22. Rare High Ranking Interior Minister Court Sword – another very rare specimen, this one of a ‘Shonin’ level, highest ranking minister of the interior, evidenced by the fine tortoise shell grip - $6,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w1ieyp320vfukxz/AADjKD3fNyuV24D4pUgFLNOda?dl=0 23. Imperial Family Court Sword – a type 19 court sword made very special by the placements of chrysanthemums on the guard, scabbard, and stud indicating it belonged to a member of the imperial family - $5,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cvukemcnxbqfopz/AABPWk32J8MKhNILUf8UlUWva?dl=0 24. 1874 Imperial Family Court Sword – another imperial family court sword, this one is a Type 7 dress sword carried by a ‘Sonin’ middle level imperial family member - $4,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2ohi8xprg4sa0qz/AAAucRLwATMEPs0wPUQ2oGlKa?dl=0 25. 1874 Imperial Family Court Sword, High Rank – another imperial family court sword, this one is a Type 7 dress sword carried by a ‘Shonin’ high level imperial family member - $4,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fb4za41jqfvco8r/AAA9Yor9QZxyAYlNaKkjI9daa?dl=0 26. Type 41 Courts Martial Clerk Sword – at first glance, it looks like a very plain court sword, but the lack of adornment on the furniture highlights this is another rare specimen, a court sword for marshall court clerks. Dawson’s Swords of Imperial Japan contains a more detailed description, and interestingly this is the sword published in that book - $1,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i0fuinn7084wyy3/AAA_PhyHNQfy3jyiayvlGlbPa?dl=0 Please PM me or email me at soheiswords@gmail.com if you are interested or have questions. Thanks for your consideration.
  11. Bruce, Thanks for sharing the extra information on the swordsmith. Please feel free to add the pictures of this sword to your database. I hope it helps with additional research in the future, both with the swordsmith, the company, and these kind of mounts. Feel free to make an offer too if it might look good in your own collection!
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