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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. Hi Piers, Where did you found this article? Recently? Truly interesting.
  6. Hi Uwe, Yes please. Will be very happy to hear Comments from this great community. Uwe, could we discuss briefly on PM. m.tzanavaris@hotmail.fr Many thanks. cheers
  7. Very interesting Uwe. Everything can be a lead, so who knows. Myself, I am using the following link to search for the clan .幕末維新新選組 諸藩家紋一覧 1 (bakusin.com) I believe it is a good site for the Bakumatsu period which munechika lived. It gives ( I believe ) a good list of clan. My assumption ( and a wild guestimate...) is that the retainer may have used the shape of the kamon of their lord as a clan symbol. They are 4 clans using this shape ( tateyama clan in Chiba ( 55pers), Yodo han in Kyoto( 400 pers) , Mori clan (226 pers) in Choshu, and Usuki han in Kyushu. All over the country.....Great. Over the years, I saw few of those maedate, with different pattern inside . I am guessing that it may come from a larger clan than the others ( Yodo han with 400 pers) could be a good candidate. The limit of this site, is actually it record the kamon of the lord in charge, but not the clan symbol itself. A concrete example of this, is if you remember a previous picture I sent on this thread, there is one flag of the tsuyama clan with the sign of the clan, and the kamon below of the retainer. If you look for Tsuyama clan in the bakumatsu site, it shows the kamon of the lord ( matsudaira) but there is no mention of the clan symbol. And if you google it, you can barely find the tsuyama clan symbol. Tough search Uwe...and I am prety sure one day someone will comes out of the blue, and say, " oh yes, I know this symbol, it is from the xx clan". Will see.
  8. Thanks Uwe. Tough search. It won’t be easy. Thank you for your help. Regarding the 3 families you sent me (Itai, Yokota,Oshima ) just a thought, but it there any geographical link between them or they are spread all over Japan? May be a start. I couldn’t find any information on those families on internet.
  9. Great set Uwe, I am interested in the shape of the last maedate I sent. The one with the “bell” inside. I have seen some of those maedate, sometime with the “~” {Ichi?} sign inside. This octagonal shape must belong to a Han. I try to find out which Han it could be. once,I will know the Han, I will dig into the family crest of my armors. if I am lucky, I might find into the Han register who owned the Kamon of my armors. A long way to go..... Many thanks Uwe.
  10. Dear Uwe, Thank you for the search. Noted for the leather armor. Could be the reason why Munechika didn’t signed the leather one. Good learning. if you have time for the mandate, I would really appreciate if you could have a look at it. I asked many ,many people, but no one could give me an answer about the location of this Han. I have seen quite a lot of those mandate, so my guess is that it was quite an important one....But where? I keep the faith. Nice set you have here Uwe. I really like the Eboshi style. Now I understand about the flags. They are from the Tatsuno Han. They have record of the flags, armor of the retainer,and his name......What else....!, see pictures. This is what I prefer in collecting armors. It is to dig to find who owns it, which period, what was his rank,etc. I am always moved when I can find something. (Not too often I have to admit.....) During one of my search, I also found where one bakumatsu retainer of the Oka Han was living, and even his house..... Without more information, hard to say if it is a Kamon , or the armor of a retainer of the clan. I would vote for a retainer of the Tatsuno Han. Very nice.
  11. Hello Arthur, I do not have the knowledge to explain you how it was originaly made, but the way I have done mine is with silver soldering. The good thing about Japan is that you can find almost all material you need. So I purchase in my favorite DIY shop a tube of brass at the right caliber, and add a drilled 2 or 3 mm piece of brass at one end. Insert the tube into the brass piece, and sold with silver low temperature. Not from outside, but the inside part of the junction between the brass piece and the brass tube. result is good, as you can only see from the top a very thin line of silver. Once polished, impossible to tell the difference. Then put this assembly into my drill, and with a fine file, shape the pin, the way and size I wanted. On the original pan cover, if you look carefully, you can tell what was the original size of the pin.( different color or some scratch). Hope it helps Arthur.
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