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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!
  12. Just want to share a quick update that I posted another batch of swords from the Plimpton collection here. I will be putting more too in the coming days. Thanks for looking!
  13. Thanks everyone for their support and interest so far with the Plimpton collection. I want to share another batch with the forum. Here are details on the second batch (sample excerpts also included below): 11. Rare Type 32 Cavalry Kyu Gunto – this one features a unique plated tsuka with checkered backstrap and more interestingly the owner’s name ‘Hirai’ on the inside of the knuckle bow. Also interesting, the sword is signed Nihon Tokushuko Goshi Kaisha (Japan Special Steel Limited Partnership Company) and Motte Fushuko saku kore (made with anti rust steel) $4,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f5qnsig6qq4dwu5/AADSwxeoxJw2cHuadYu5yfy0a?dl=0 12. Rare early Type 8 field grade parade saber – very rare early example ca. 1875, features full backstrap decoration indicating it is field officer grade and shows kanji on the pommel. More interesting is that the blade was made in Germany by Clemen & Jung, Solingen; don’t see these too often 😊 – $1,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cnplsehqnswb00b/AAATg8zwAp48Gk9qz3YfxRB4a?dl=0 13. Police civil defense Manchukuo crossover – katana length civil defense sword, it shows light remnants of Manchukuo markings suggesting it was re-purposed for use on the home islands - $1,200. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kzg49ouw8iruun6/AAA6lVvbs_JjSHW6q9kk5386a?dl=0 14. Skull mon parade saber – yes, it’s just a parade saber but this one features a rare skull mon on the backstrap, possibly indicating use by the ‘Skull Regiment’ operating in 1930’s Manchuria - $2,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oq9wgd433b50865/AACPtw6zPu70s6wlbNJ0KC-1a?dl=0 15. Early Meiji era naval sword – the early naval swords from the collection are some of the most fascinating to me given they represent such a transitional timeframe for the Japanese military where they borrow heavily from Western designs and suppliers. This one is likely one-of-a-kind and very early, ca. 1873, likely made in Britain per Plimpton but featuring Japanese style adornments like the ropes on the leather saya seen in many later variants and the Japanese proof markings - $3,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n4kvjcij5dwvee2/AAB-qfTy1M8uNZMu2WY3q94Ka?dl=0 16. Type 6 Meiji era Marine sword – another one-of-a-kind early Japanese naval related sword, this one is for Marines responsible for coastal artillery, dating to early 1870’s. This one features a nihonto wakizashi - $3,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rtlfrsyu6s444pd/AAARbDiHL0vKa4L0LcLevcNSa?dl=0 17. Police Inspector Flag Sword – interesting and unique parade saber style sword but featuring a baton with a flag attached to it and markings for a police inspector. To my knowledge, very rare - SOLD. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y96iwx91khl6shp/AAC7phx3OhtqkL5b4sdunjmVa?dl=0 18. Type 19 Kyu Gunto wakizashi – very clean example of the standard kyu gunto with a nihonto wakizashi in it. The blade is very clean and shows excellent workmanship, truncated mei shows ‘Echi’ only - SOLD. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qc6pjwudnpm1yom/AAA_2Y3XSYaBUmUlr6qPl84Qa?dl=0 Please reach out if interested via PM or at soheiswords@gmail.com. Happy to help with questions, pictures, pricing, etc. Thank you for looking!
  14. Thanks everyone for the interest, we greatly appreciate it. I should add that I will respond to all inquiries within 24 hours. Will post another batch soon.
  15. It's back up on Facebook if you want to see more photos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/255263006217/?hoisted_section_header_type=recently_seen&multi_permalinks=10158473800406218
  16. Yes, I can confirm that is correct. The serial number is 871.
  17. Thanks everyone for the interest and the comments, really appreciate the support. Just want to give a quick update that I listed the first batch of 9 swords for sale here. Please check them out and let me know if you have any questions, happy to help.
  18. I want to begin sharing and offering some swords from the John Plimpton collection. My goal will be to list 8 to 10 every other day or so this week and next. It might take a shorter time, it might take longer, but I’m very excited to share these with the forum. The descriptions and pictures I provide may be brief given the volume to work through but I’m happy to answer questions and provide more pictures upon request. Eventually these may all end up on eBay with some nicer photos, but in the interest of time I thought it would be better to get something out to the forum first. All swords offered are included in his book. Prices posted are usd and negotiable, but all swords are first come, first served with none reserved unless a meaningful deposit is made. Here are details on the first batch (excerpts from the book attached below, more pictures in each of the dropbox links): 1. High ranking railway official saber – very rare example, possibly the same one photographed in Dawson’s, pristine mounts but the blade has some rust – asking $6,000. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ynh5qpupk7uq06k/AABI8LyueQGnKjTEtgm4sfMBa?dl=0 2. North China Railway Shin Gunto – very clean and near mint example, signed blade, adorned with the winged wheel logo on the kabutogane and nakago - $5,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/47qpobv87rbsr4d/AADtjwMcQQJG5MTFkzPSTcTna?dl=0 3. Ornate parade saber – yes, it’s just a parade saber but it is a one-of-a-kind parade saber with extremely ornate gold decoration on the saya (note the hangers) and the letters ‘F. R.’ engraved in gold on the blade, supposedly done in Spain - $4,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5eg9dr7wsromrep/AAABpwlQHrlS8z_fqQb_SOiga?dl=0 4. General’s Kyu Gunto – don’t get to see these as often as we like, this one is very clean and pristine with vivid tortoise shell tsuka, all wire wraps present, minty murata-to style blade, and custom decoration on the back strap - $5,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n7sxrajk4z1kvyx/AAAa5JLs2GvT8ksRk1QMiNuLa?dl=0 5. Type 25 – earlier type 25 NCO cavalry sword, matching numbers, still has the leather finger loop, what’s not to love? - $1,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vcxn8y6yonsyqa3/AADsgR91N26RUmcrkHp43ckNa?dl=0 6. Type 7 Colonial Chosen Police saber – carried by mounted police of the Chosen (Korean) colonial administration. To my knowledge, very rare - $1,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4kpjv34sscgnda7/AACJsJQiGU-A7rLdw9mfU1J9a?dl=0 7. Type 36 1903 Police officer saber – early police saber carried by mounted police officers and jailers. To my knowledge, very rare - $1,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eob7hx1hvwdfbqm/AACiezwDKpQ7xgqZQB1bM5XXa?dl=0 8. Type 10 1877 Police officer saber – kyu gunto styled, this very early variant was carried by Tokyo police officers who helped quell the Satsuma Rebellion. Referenced also in Fuller & Gregory pg. 187-188. The blade is a mumei nihonto, 25 inch (63cm) blade length with a deeper sori, choji midare hamon, and looks Sue-Bizen to my eye. This is one of my favorites from the collection - $4,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6vd0qst5x2ivmsk/AAAimW7_71jNH-JJNDm9zvBaa?dl=0 9. Field Officer Kyu Gunto – has some custom decoration along the backstrap and a nihonto in the mounts. The blade is 27.75 inches (70cm) long, signed Naohiro, and features a Soshu-style suguha/notare hamon in nie deki with deep nioi guchi - $2,500. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3xrpe7ier647n8m/AACXqNFmo34-B8VwPTvSQrgEa?dl=0 10. 16 Court Swords – This is more of just an advert for these and I will do detailed pictures/descriptions for each sword in the coming days, but thought I would share a few summary pictures. There are all kinds including high ranks with tortoise shell handles, Imperial household, etc. If you see one you want let me know. They are not being offered as a batch, but...I guess they could be if you want all of them. Pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b9k9069263mcj7r/AADZkErZkIM_owMJA71KhZzCa?dl=0 Also, I have a minty Type 95 NCO from the collection listed on eBay here (lower price if you buy direct from me): https://www.ebay.com/itm/373806914507 And a minty field officer grade parade saber from the collection listed on eBay here (lower price if you buy direct from me): https://www.ebay.com/itm/224714350241 Please reach out if interested. Happy to help and thanks for your consideration. I can be reached via PM or at soheiswords@gmail.com.
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