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  1. Iekatsu

    Edo era? or earlier?

    Tom, This style of kabuto is relatively common, as Uwe mentioned they were mass produced for Okashi-Gusoku (loan Armour) in Kaga and date to the Edo period. The Dou are far less common though, I have seen a couple of partial sets of these Okashi-Gusoku, they tend to be comprised of a simple 6 plate kabuto, Tsubame Hanbo, Hotoke Dou and simple Sangu with rounded plates. Each element is finished in the same lacquer as the helmet and Dou and the Ie-ji (baking fabric) tends to be light blue or tan Asa (hemp) with Mid blue trim. I have attached a couple of images below for reference, note the Haidate (Thigh guards) and Suneate (Shin guards) do not belong to the set. The damage to the Hachi is likely just from neglect, it appears to have rusted through. While not high end items or in good condition there are things to learn from such items, I hope they bring you joy.
  2. Mark, It's a decent looking Ressei me-no-shita men, Nara style. These are relatively common, yours likely dates to mid-late Edo period. The condition is not bad, but there could be rust forming under the cracked lacquer. Uwe did a good write up of the style in the following thread if you want some more information.
  3. Iekatsu

    Kabuto and Menpo

    Ukebari were most likely expendable in period and were likely replaced multiple times over the helmets lifetime, but that does not change the fact that intact Ukebari are part of the kabuto and should be preserved with it where ever possible. How many period Ukebari in original condition do you think will be around to study in 100 years if these practices continue?
  4. I agree with Uwe, the Hachi looks like it could have some age. Could we please get some images of the front, rear and underside of the Hachi/kabuto and the inside of the Menpo?
  5. Iekatsu

    Kabuto and Menpo

    If someone wants to study the construction methods there are plently bare Hachi, or kabuto with compromised Ukebari that can be purchased, I am appalled that ranking members of the Japanese armour society are casually advocating vandalism, we are after all only temporary custodians of these objects.
  6. Ruben, The images are a little rough, but I would say it is the same armour that was posted by Luc earlier in the thread.
  7. The above is an armour model from the showa period, it has no bearing on the topic. But in the same search the other components for the armour appear to match.
  8. Iekatsu

    Kabuto and Menpo

    A common practice does not mean its a good practice, it's generally done with very little care, primarily to facilitate sale. Given that there is a large portion of signed kabuto that do not have windows in the Ukebari it was clearly not a universal practice. A borescope can be inserted through the Tehen to look into the interior without damaging the Ukebari.
  9. Iekatsu

    Kabuto and Menpo

    I don't think we should be condoning the practice of cutting windows in Ukebari.
  10. Yas, The work was likey massed produced, given the number of extant examples. The same style of Tsuba are also found in Maru-gata and there are also different motifs and bespoke custom peices that appear to come from the same workshop. As for the age, dating anything pre Edo is pretty tricky as there are so few dateable reference points, that said the Kantei points appear to be consistent with the attribution. All the best, Thomas
  11. Yas, The Tsuba you posted with the fox/squirrel and wave motif are not modern, they are early San-mai and utilise stamped plates in their construction (quite often from the same dies). The marks highlighted on the Seppa-dai are actually rivets that hold the plates in place, this variety was likely produced in a single workshop, given the consistency in technique and construction. They are generally attributed to late Muromachi-Momoyama period. Take a look at the following thread for more examples: All the best, Thomas
  12. Hey Luca, I see what you mean, I thought it may have been a partial stamp with a boarder. Kind regards, Thomas
  13. Looks like "Ten", see below: http://www.users.on.net/~coxm/?page=TsubaII Kind regards, Thomas
  14. Iekatsu

    Newbie to armors

    This is Kinokuniya mentioned by Uwe above: http://www.kinokuniya.tv/
  15. Iekatsu

    Kabuto opinions

    Luc, What makes you think that the lower section of the Mabezashi was added later?
  16. Hello Dick, The armour was manufactured by a company called Marutake Sangyo CO,LTD, they started manufacturing armour in the 1960's, primarily for film/tv. Given that it was purchased 15 years ago and that some of the features are still in production today I would say that it likely dates to the 90's.
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    Hello Grev, The Tare is likely not original and actually looks like it could be re-purposed lames from Gessan, it is unlikely that it was a period alteration.
  18. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but that is a reproduction and has nothing to do with the imperial family.
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  20. Thanks Ron. It is indeed interesting, you will likely not see another quite like it.
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  22. A brass Nanban Tsuba with rich dark patina, likely originating in southeast Asia it was modified for purpose in Japan with the addition of Hitsu-ana and a roped Shakudo Fukurin. An iron plate, roughly 1mm thick has been inset into the Seppa-dai on the Omote. The motif is mixed, on the Omote symbols of the eight Taoist Immortals on the Ura phoenix in clouds. An opportunity for a serious Nanban collector to pick up a unique piece. Age: Momoyama-Early Edo Period Height: 7.8cm Width: 7.1cm Thinckness at Nakago-ana: 5mm Thickness at Mimi: 6mm Weight: 164.2g Nakago-ana height: 2.8cm Nakago-ana width bottom: 7mm Nakago-ana width top: 1.5mm $525 USD + Shipping
  23. There are some great fittings in this thread, three of mine that would be categorised as Kagami-shi.
  24. Dan, On a more positive note, your second Tsuba is ko-kinko, its in pretty rough shape, but not a bad example of the type.
  25. Ford, thanks for answering all my queries. To add to your extensive list: The Chinese were capable of smelting zinc in the middle late period of the Ming Dynasty. There are serval zinc smelting sites in Linjiangerdui that have been discovered, the earliest dates around 1410-1445AD, these sites are quite large, suggesting a reasonable industry/demand. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/298424496_Preliminary_study_on_zinc_smelting_relics_from_the_Linjiangerdui_site_in_Zhongxian_County_Chongqing_City_southwest_China In "Metallurgical Analysis of Chinese coins at the British museum" we can see the composition of Chinese coins spanning various dynasties, from No. 451 (1503-5) we see a distinct increase in the percentage of zinc in the coins and a decrease in lead and tin. Chinese coins are well established as a trade good with Japan during this period, the Ming Dynasty preferring silver and paper currency. https://www.britishmuseum.org/pdf/RP%20152%20Metall%20Analysis%20Chinese%20coins-Prelims-Appendix.pdf While official trade with china did cease around 1549, there was still a rich tapestry of unofficial trade in the period, that far outweighed the official trade missions. (recommended reading https://www.amazon.com/Across-Perilous-Sea-Sixteenth-Centuries/dp/1933947330) As you are aware, In 2015 a sword fitting casting workshop was unearthed in Yanagimachi, Nara, during the excavation they discovered evidence of brass casting, traces of zinc being found in crucibles, the site dates to the early Edo period. https://markussesko.com/2016/01/20/cast-sword-fittings/ Thomas
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