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  1. Hi Howard, here an outline sketch of the two mentioned constructions: It comes from our symposium in Florence back in 2014. In the course of this specific lecture it was worked out, that the popular opinion regarding some design features must be corrected. But that's going too far now ... Concerning books, it depends on how deep you want to dive into the subject?! I can try to compile a brief list....
  2. Hi Howard, from side to side, to form an "arch". I'll post a pic this evening to illustrate, if nobody chimes in.
  3. It's mostly based on guesswork to assigning a family to a specific mon, without other hints concerning the pedigree of a piece.... So to close the case (also by the seemingly lack of interest). The text is pointing to the "陸前国..." (Rikuzen province). Former part of "陸奥" (Mutsu) in the Tôhoku region! Anyway, great armor!
  4. Taka-niku refers to the curvature of the vertical plates (hagi-ita) a helmet is composed of. This construction goes back to Yoshimichi and was adopted by Saotome smiths. Also seen sometimes on helmets of the Haruta school and later then also by some Myôchin smiths (very simplified explanation!). Example:
  5. “濃州 ? 清宜作” (Nōshū ? Kiyonobu Saku)! The other side is the date, Peter.
  6. In advance Gary! "Chû kage jigami ni tsuta" (no warranty) Admittedly, the quality of the pictures are rather bad, but it works. Should be your mon, isn't it. First glance, it seems related to "Hamada or "Makibuchi" family (if I get the names right?!). I have to translate the rest later on.... (or somebody with better reading skills is faster than me here ) The problem with the lesser known families is, that it will be hard to research, due to the lack of accessible records....
  7. That’s pretty cool!
  8. Ok, looks like “tsuta” on “jigami” (Ivy on a fan paper)! I’ve just received a huge mon book (about 1300 pages) and by chance found your mon. As soon as I know how to handle it, I can give it a try, if you like.....
  9. May I have a close up of the mon, Gary?
  10. uwe

    Edo period armor

    Nice late Edo gusoku! Why do you think it was not designed to have sode?
  11. uwe

    Myochin school armor

    Heavy “yokohagi okegawa ni mai do” with renjaku.... Kabuto and menpo could be Myōchin work. Anything signed, Gary?
  12. uwe

    horse bamen

    Discussed rarely or not at all so far.... I know nothing about the subject, so thanks for bringing it up!
  13. Yes, the mei doesn’t look good, though several “Munehisa” are listed in the Meikan.... Your menpo is an Edo period piece. I would say early/mid Edo. Tricky to date, because this type was made over a long time and in quantities by the Haruta school in the Nara region.
  14. Hi Howard, as Piers said, it seems to be a well made suji bachi. I don’t dare to assign it to a school for the moment. Can you make some close ups from inside? Front, side and back views, as also a total from the top would be helpful.... Sorry about the “lacquer The mon is called “Maru ni Katabami” (Oxalis in a ring) and could be attached to the “Tōdō” family (藤堂家), amongst others....
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