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  1. Good evening All, A friend who is usually an Indo-Persian collector with somewhat eclectic taste and who does like Japanese arms and armour recently sprung an iron kabuto in a general auction minus the shikoro. It was 'painted' a golden-brownish colour, which on judicious cleaning turned out to be a red-lacquered kabuto. In conversation he asked if I had any idea what it would cost to restore the kabuto, and indeed whether it was even worth restoring it 'as is', or restoring with a replacement shikoro. Having myself a russet Momoyama Hirata Yoshihisa Zunari kabuto I have wondered myself about costs. So I turn the question over to the Board for anyone with knowledge of 'ball park' restoration costs. The first two pictures below are of my Zunaru kabuto and the next two are of my friend's red-lacquered acquisition. The ukebari is intact in the latter red helmet, though just hanging on in a couple of places. No mei can be seen anywhere. To me this kabuto almost looks 'top heavy', but perhaps that perspective is altered by the very small fukigayeshi. With thanks, BaZZa. aka Barry Thomas.
  2. Dear gentlemen, Can you help me to translate that signature ? It seems to be the name of the maker, TADAKATSU ???? Do you know him as a helmet maker ? Thank you for your help.
  3. #1 good old authentic 16th 17th C HINENO-ZUNARI style kabuto. don't know a whole lot about it - bought at estate auction here in the Midwest back in the 80's. Silk thread has deteriorated so neckguards are loose but complete- heavy 8 lbs. this is a real samurai head gear - either died from the sword or bow/arrow or a broken neck ! According to booklet by Louis & Kei Chappelear " The Evolution of the Samurai Helmet" old Ieyasu Tokugawa in his youth wore this type kabuto BUT his was a brilliant golden color. asking 850$ #2 32 plate helmet believed to be early-mid Edo period. Again the neckguards are loose as the silk threads have deteriorated. This helmet is also fairly heavy just under 7 lbs. Has the mons on the fukigaeshi. Most all lacquer is gone and light overall oxidation but definitely can be restored or leave it as I have for over 30 yrs. This is what happens when a metal item sits in a Midwest barn with NO humidity control. asking $850 #3 or $1550 for both ! probably list them on ebay tom w
  4. Dear all I would like to part with parts of an old yoroi which came as a pair. Description: Suji-bachi kabuto with 52 plates with a matching five part shikoro imitating hon-kozane laced in murasaki and orange odoshi-ito. Both fukigaeshi are missing. It looks like someone has lacquered the bachi with a thick black color. The helmet comes together with a matching yokohagi okegawa-do made from iron. The helmet weighs roundabout 2.6 kilograms and is approximately 17 centimeters high with a diameter (including the shikoro) of about 28 centimeters. The do weighs about 4.2 kilograms and is about 40 centimeters high. Please take a close look at the pictures for the condition. It seems to me like this set is rather old (early Edo or maybe even Momoyama period). The stand is not included. Asking price: EUR 2,600.00 plus actual shipping costs (will be something between EUR 25 and EUR 120 depending on where you are located including an insurance up to an amount of EUR 2000 and tracking) Kind regards Chris
  5. Luc T

    horse bamen

    I saw these horse muzzles in the Yushukan shrine. Does anyone have more information about this?
  6. kissakai

    Hanbo

    Hi I have two very recent acquisitions and 'd like a bit of education which are in two separate posts Uwe has already given me some advice which I hope I've shown correctly I have contacted David Thatcher but his workload is massive! Hanbo The "han-bô" is of the "saru-bô" type (monkey cheeks). These kind of face masks had no nose guard, unlike me-no-shita men (or short "menpo"). The han-bô bears some age and might be dated back to the early/mid Edo period. Hard to tell, if it was once lacquered?! Although the pictures suggesting, that the tare don´t belong to the mask, it fits quite well in terms of colour and shape (the first lame is a bit short though). My questions: Should it have the minimum restoration or left alone If restored what needs to be done Any other information will be of great help to me
  7. kissakai

    Kabuto

    Hi I have two very recent acquisitions and 'd like a bit of education which are in two separate posts Uwe has already given me some advice which I hope I've shown correctly I have contacted David Thatcher but his workload is massive! Kabuto Early/mid Edo kabuto. The urushi appears a bit too shiny considering it´s age. The base of the Eboshi, is an older six plate toppai-nari kabuto. Considering this, it is safe to assume, that superstructure is made of paper mâché (confirmed). Not an unusual way to create an eboshi kabuto. This will also explain the cracks and dents in the lacquer. I say lacquer instead of urushi, because I´m not sure if its urushi at all as the white edges on the cracks are making me suspicious. To sum it up, I think the whole helmet seems completely restored. Neck guard (shikoro) is newly lacquered and amateurishly laced. Also, its attachment to the helmet is incomplete, done only with the split shank rivets (hachi tsuke no byo). These ‘rivets’ are ‘posh’ paperclips My questions: Should it have the minimum restoration or left alone If restored what needs to be done Any other information will be of great help to me
  8. Dear all, New year, new needs. After visiting the Ryuzen museum of history in Kyoto last year, HITAI ATE aroused my interest mainly because it is a piece of armor definitely constructed for war, I am now looking for iron forehead protectors from the Bakumatsu era like the ones on the pictures below. If you have other kinds in good condition for sale please PM me.
  9. A very nice Do from the Edo period in need of some tlc. It is a very well made piece which can be displayed and enjoyed as it or be restored. As shown in the pictures there are a number of issues. There are spots where the lacing has decayed, two places (under where the arms would go) where the lacquer is missing and some rust has set in, the lining in the back has holes and has become detached and the armor hanger in the back is missing. Also, the padding that goes under the shoulder and around the neck may be a later replacement. Even so, this is a great piece for the beginning collector to study and learn from or for the collector who is willing to undertake the project. Includes a rudimentary stand for display and an old armor box which is in poor repair. The lid does not seem to match it as it is too large for it. Even so, if the box was stabilized or restored it could be used to display the armor. $395 plus shipping.
  10. Dear all, Here I am, in my never ending quest for spare parts related to menpo / hanpo. I still have a few hanpo in need of a throat guard. If you have this kind of spare part available for sale, please contact me by PM. Any type welcome. The tare must be old, genuine, and in decent condition. Thank you for your help.
  11. Hi all, If anyone could assist in the translation of these papers for a 62 plate Kabuto I would be very great full. Many thanks. David
  12. Dear all, I am looking for two wooden kabuto stands in good or new condition at a fair price. I will need some like those on the pictures provided. I saw some on Ebay but the price is quite high. If you can help, I will appreciate a lot.
  13. Dear all, I have a few hanpo in need of a throat guard. If you have this kind of spare part available for sale, please contact me by PM. Any type welcome. The tare must be old, genuine, complete and in good condition. Thank you for your help.
  14. Found what seems to be a signature,hopefully date on an ashigaru do,but im having troubles identifyng the kanji as they are pretty worn out and im not familiar with them, https://postimg.org/image/88kfqz47n/ Any help is appreciated, Thanks
  15. Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu (Happy New Year!) Well, it has been quite a while since I last checked in, but I’ve made some inroads in the blade markets here in Japan recently. How would you like to have your own personal buyer in Japan ? I am an antique dealer selling on eBay as araki0726 (check my excellent feedback!) as well as to an ever growing list of direct mail clients all over the world (many of them Nihonto Message Board members). You can also find me on Facebook: Japanese Antique Auctions: https://www.facebook.com/Japanese.antique.auctions. I am not an authority on blades, but I do specialize in Samurai armor, and I can help you find what you need. Much better selection and less competition! I send out offers twice a week. I’m afraid I do not check in here often, so by all means mail me at schmidt_araki@ybb.ne.jp or through my ebay or Facebook pages. Yoroshiku. Kelly Schmidt
  16. Hello forum... I am trying to learn about Jizai Onimono and their makers. This is the Breast Plate of the "Crayfish" art piece I bought. May I please ask, can you help me with the name translation and who he was or family history? I have been searching the internet, but, there is only a few sites, and, most are about Onimono Auctions/for sale sites. Is there any sites that are dedicated to Jizai Onimono art work and enthusiast? I did not know where else to ask. Thanks for viewing.. Alton Takata - aka Ken Katana on the weekends
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