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  1. It’s called “Maru ni mitsubiki”. Unfortunately used by many families, for example: Abe, Asano, Kawasaki, Sabae, Kitsukawa, Sakuma, Takaki, Tsugu, Kitanokoji, Manabe….etc…etc. In a modified form by: Ashina, Furuta, ….etc.
  2. Let me add “Matsudaira” (Tango) and “Honjo” (Mino)…
  3. It seems to be “濃州関住星谷義長” (Noshū Seki Jū Hoshitany Yoshinaga)!
  4. Hi Michael, sorry for my shallowness. A kaji kabuto is simply spoken a firemans helmet, worn by samurai while performing this spezial duty. The sketch below should introduce the main terms for kabuto: NB:- Kabuto sketch from the Watanabe Collection book by Trevor Absolon and David Thatcher And now the mon. Mon means basically family crest. Unfortunatly this particular crest was used by many, many families over the centuries. So it will be almost impossible to pin down the "original owner"...sry!
  5. It’s a Kaji-kabuto with “hidari mitsudomoe mon” on the fukigaeshi. Nice find!
  6. Yo are right with the date Rob! ”昭和十八年….” (Shōwa juuhachi nen… = 1943)
  7. Welcome Caroline! Your first Tsuba seems to be signed “小田原住正(勝)作”, (Odawara jū Masakatsu saku). Not sure about the second character of the smiths name (only the left radical is legible), so I’ve put it in brackets. Will try the second one this evening, if nobody chimes in….
  8. Looks like “正阿弥重信” (Shōami Shigenobu)!
  9. Hmm…can only trace both in Edo or Nara…? Sorry for taking over the kabuto-thread, Alain! We should discuss this elsewhere…
  10. Seems to be signed “壽命” (Jumyō) “十六年”
  11. Yes Luc, although we don’t know the original from author (Matsumiya Kanzan) but we know that the copies bearing mistakes, I doubt that is the case in this respect. That makes the problem even more interesting… So I’m afraid we have to shed some light on the Nara based katchū-shi at that time (that said, a lot of translation work ahead )
  12. Hi Alain, yes, I know the entry about the subject in the copies of the "Meikô zukan" and I think the popular belief is based on the information given in "this book" (or better in the copies and their copies... ). Also Iida san's book relies on this work. What makes me wonder are two "facts". 1. It is said that the Iwai (岩井), going back to Yozaemon (与左衛門) and Genbei (兵衛), been made mainly two styles of menpô. The Oie-bô and the Etchû-bô. Like mentioned in the MZ. Well, that means, that they had focused on the one hand of the high quality (and rarely seen) Oie-bô and on the other hand of the Etchû-bô. An menpô in a competely diffrent form, adorned with yasurime (the Hosokawa thing) and executed in diffrent qualities. Thus totally contrary to the fine and feminin Oie-bô, IMHO. 2. The latter ones, or at least the basic shape of this type are seen very often. Therefore it can be assumed, that they were made in large quantitys, probably during the whole Edo period. Admittedly, also without their trademark, the yasurime. The above in turn forces the comparison with the so called Nara-bô of the Haruta (春田) school. A "mass produced" menpô which could be adepted to the respective customer's request. Unfortunately, almost all extant specimens are not signed. That makes an accessment considerably more difficult. Furthermore, and that is my main problem, the few signed pieces all refer to Haruta...
  13. There are obviously many designations out there for this kind of me no shita men: Etchū-men, Yasurime-men, Iwai-men (which variation ever), Hineno-men (never heard that before)…..etc. It’s a bit confusing, isn’t it?! To make things even more confusing I like to claim, that there is not a single evidence, a least as far as I know, that these masks are in some way related to the Iwai-school of armor makers. If somebody has profunde information towards a connection with the Iwai, please share here and we can probably lifting the mist around this pieces….
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