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  1. Hello Julian, Fully agree with John. Do not cut the ukebari. Nice helmet by the way.
  2. Hello David, My personal opinion here, but if the maedate is original to this Kabuto, I would recommend to keep the original design. As Piers mentioned,maedate are expendable items, can be broken, lost, collected etc. But if original to the helmet, they tells a lot about the Kabuto, or the original owner, it’s crest or it’s clan,etc. Everything on a armor is designed for a purpose, and not just to look good. Maedate too have a meaning. Actually, armor with their original maedate are not easy to find , and quite rare. if you really feel the need to put an extraordinary creature maedate on your helmet, you should keep the original one and store it with the helmet mentioning that it was original to the helmet. Later owners will be able to remove the creature to give it back it’s original aspect. Again, just my opinion. Hope it helps Have a great day
  3. Dear All, First of all, deepest apologies for my late answer ( computer problems....) This is very interesting. Thank you so much for your time on this search. Last week I saw this tsuba on the net. Myochin Munechika is a famous armor maker who was commissioned by the Tokugawa government to produce armors for the tokugawa's , high ranking official and top class Daimyos and samurai. He was very active during the late edo period ( ansei period). When comparing the signs of the tsuba and the ones on the armors, they are very similar. I believe both armors and tsuba were made by the same Myochin Munechika. One question I could'nt find the answer yet is why did Munechika signed his armor using the kanji "記”and why the tsuba were all signed without the"記” . I have few Tsuba of munechika, and they are all the same. No use of "記”. To come back on the tsuba subject, I believe Munechika made the tsuba, but the execution of the family crest is extremely thin and delicate, and shows very high skill. All the other Tsuba made by Munechika I have seen are not as delicate in the design as this one. I believe ( just my wild thoughts) this tsuba was a collaboration between 2 artists. Munechika for the tsuba, and Otsuryūken Miboku Hamano for the design of the Kamon. Is there a very late edo period Otsuryūken Miboku Hamano artist who signed that way? What are your thoughts on this? Many thanks for your answers
  4. Dear community, I am asking for your help to identify a tsuba maker. name read as follow : 乙柳軒味墨 浜野 Could you help me to get information about this maker. How to read his name?Which period? Is there any record of him mentioning birthplace, place of work, which clan,etc? All piece of information would be highly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time and your answers. kind regards
  5. Hello Chris, Thank you so much. This is very helpful. A great start. Thank you so much for spending your time on this. Many many thanks Kind regards. Marc
  6. Hello Dale, Just by curiosity, the Munekane/Munechika picture comes from a publication? Kind regards
  7. Hello Uwe, Yes please. Ask the book guru…. kind regards
  8. Hello Uwe, Yes, this Munechika. Thank you for the pictures. These are the ones you sent me previously, and they are in my files now thanks to you. I am actually interested to know the date written on the armor of the pictures I sent. Just want to compare the date of this armor with my Munechika’s armor. To understand which publication the armor is could to be a start. Many thanks Uwe. Always here to help. kind regards as always.
  9. Hello Uwe, Thank you for your quick answer. Sorry. No better pictures. I know, hard to detect those 2 gold stripes. I get those pictures on the net.The second picture, in black and white,you can see 2 gold stripes in the middle of the do. This is the back of the do. These are the sign of 明珍紀宗周、(the late bakufu official armor’s maker.)on the left short one , and the date on the right long gold stripe. Probably the colored pictures (the one with the maedate)are from a more recent publication because the armor seems to be the same, and they apparently found what was the front of the do. The signature of 宗周 was on the back of the armor for this type of do. That’s why you cannot see those stripes anymore on the colored pictures if anyone recognize any of this 2 publications that would be great. Thank you again Uwe.
  10. Dear Members, I was wondering if you could help me to identify from which publication those pictures are coming from? The comments of the pictures on the right are completely wrong, as this armor was not made for the famous Munechika, but by the famous munechika. Besides only the do is from Munechika, the rest doesn't match the do. At least, on the picture on the left, they worked hard to find the front of the do....Some improvement with the picture on the right. I am interested on the signs in the middle of the back plate of the do ( right picture). There is 2 lines, the left line is probably the sign of Munechika, I am interested in the kanji on the right line which is the date of production of the do. If you have this kind of eye accuracy, and can judge from the picture ( clearly not my case) 😉 I will be very happy to hear your comments.... But If I know in which publication is was, there is chance that I can get this information. Thank you again so much for your kind help on this.
  11. Hello Oliver, You have an interesting helmet here. Did you find it in Europe?. Would it be possible to get more pictures of the sides and top of the helmet please?
  12. And from the article , judging from the picture hanpo Kabuto,and maedate. It seems to be very In line with his “brother in arms” works. For the rest of the armor, hard to tell from the picture. Would be nice to have a clear view of the article if you can.
  13. Hi Piers, Tamaki is the family name. Last time I met him it was about 10 years ago in Tsuyama. I lost his contact. He must be 80 or 90’s years old by now. About the last picture you sent, not sure about the Kabuto, but for the menpo,no doubt. Same work as Munechika and the team of apprentice. You really have a lot of information. Very impressive Piers. was this article written in the Tsuyama local newspaper?
  14. Whaou.....!, by any chance is this friend is mr. Tamaki? Could you please find who wrote this article? i am visiting the region almost every month, would love to know more on this. Many thanks
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