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Bazza last won the day on June 18

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About Bazza

  • Birthday 02/08/1944

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    All Nihonto - blades, tosogu, lacquer.

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    Barry T

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  1. This guard undoubtedly comes from a very cheaply made souvenir with carved/engraved bone koshirae bits. The sheet metal front and back with 'bracing bits' is THE cheapest form of tsuba making. I have a couple of such swords... BaZZa.
  2. So, it appears to me with examples all around us, that belief is stubborn also and in many instances not at all malleable. Fact, on the other hand, is subject to the scientific method and there are many instances of fact stubbornly refusing to bow to truth by method... BaZZa.
  3. Guess what I discovered under our noses???!!! From 2012 no less - a necro post of great value... I just popped this into google to find it Japanese imported arms meiji Japan Good hit. BaZZa.
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    Sennin Kinko

    This is VERY interesting. I have seen a VERY large teppou (3-wrap barrel and as heavy as an anchor) with a copper (??) sheet covering most of the barrel surface with a sennin riding a fish with waves splashing all around. I saw this well over 30 years ago. Sadly, it isn't mine and is a 'wet dream' I have had since the first moment I (just) held it in my hands. Sighhhhh. I still have an oshigata somewhere of the mei I find every once-in-a-while and this thread reminds to put it here whenever I next sight it. BaZZa.
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    New yoroi acquisition

    Ian, your explanation for breaking of the fukigayeshi may well explain why they are broken off my HARUTA YOSHIHISA zunari kabuto. Knowing where my kabuto came from (an old estate) this helmet likely came to Australia as a souvenir during the Meiji period. Thanks. BaZZa.
  6. I seriously considered this lovely blade. My congratulations to Marius on his purchase. What happened to the old tsuba that you were going to buy instead of the ken?? My cross is polish I'm saving for, not to mention the occasional tsuba I just can't resist. Pictures attached, though they are not 'on theme' for the thread!! BaZZa.
  7. Or the Meiji touristas? BaZZa.
  8. But first, read about the Shōjō: https://yokai.com/shoujou/ Then read (‘wade through’) this document I prepared for my Collection files (attached) derived from the internet, with salutations to Micky Bumbar (Lords of the Drinks)/ January 28, 2018. The Shōjō photos are there too, but for the curious and slow readers here are the menuki without wearing out your eyes. Sadly, they came out of an old and neglected tsuka and surely need the attention of a metalwork genius. Mickey Dumbar's Shōjō story from the web.docx Best regards, BaZZa.
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    Goto Ichijo Kozuka

    Flags or standards fluttering in the wind??? The rhs object seems to be attached to a seat/stool??? BaZZa.
  10. No Shinsa papers, gimei. In fact, I have a faint memory that there are NO signed Sadamune blades in existence??? This likely an utsushimono. In any event, as Kirill notes, high resolution photos are required for this one. BaZZa.
  11. It is more likely to be lacquer, I think. I have seen lacquer on a tsuka that one would swear was leather... BaZZa.
  12. I'm sure John has your best interests at heart Geoffrey!!! Honestly, if you put them up for sale there would be stampede!! I can't believe how lucky you are that NO ONE has 'restored' these in the best Western tradition of metal polish and scrubbing!! If you were ever captivated by Japanese art (like all the folk on this Board) your lucky find is the basis for a collecting career in Japanese tsuba (sword 'guards'). However, again like most folk on this Board the collecting of such is bound to keep you poor. Just ask me!!! Do please keep us all in touch with where you want to go - and welcome to the Board community. BaZZa. aka Barry Thomas (Melbourne, Australia)
  13. Oh, to have it in the hand!!! I would opine this is a WW2 era sword no question. The shape of the nakago and the patina easily suggest this (to me). The large shinobiana (the bottom hole in the nakago) is noteworthy and not seen (?) on Shintou or Shinshintou swords. The koshirae has 'blackened' fittings and others can comment on this. It has its tassel. Oh, and the kanji for SHIGEMITSU is well-struck and looks very elegant, not the scrappy signatures so often seen. The quality of the hamon is not easily seen, but selectively enlarging a portion of the blade pic shows what seems to me to be a komidare hamon - picture below that needs to be enlarged in a viewer. All-in-all I see this as a worthy and collectible sword, depending always on what one likes to collect and of course the price. I might suggest it is a good item to get, study and pass on much later if your collecting direction doesn't sit in the area of this sword. BaZZa.
  14. Brethren, Just stumbled across this site I haven't seen before: https://www.spoon-tamago.com/2020/02/05/eliza-scidmore-photographed-everyday-life-in-Japan-over-100-years-ago/?mc_cid=77cafa5ffb&mc_eid=962267c38c There are numerous 'by-way' tags of interest there too. Bestests, BaZZa.
  15. I'm sure I remember a gold-mounted tachi being offered for sale as belonging to the Duke of Windsor/Edward VIII. This was many years ago. It was apparently a gift to the Duke on a visit to Japan??? I don't remember the blade. BaZZa.
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