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1 hour ago, Bruce Pennington said:

What does that mean?What does that mean?

 

It's a religious symbol that can be added to a a crest. I didn't recognize it until Piers mentioned it.

 

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1 hour ago, Hshsurf said:

Trying to learn more about a sword inherited from my grandfather. It is bring back sword. Thanks

 

 

Never seen that one, but looks like a rice plant(Ine).

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I keep finding this image that has the double rice bundles but nothing with the single bundles... I'll keep looking. 

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4 hours ago, Hshsurf said:

double rice bundles but nothing with the single bundles

I have run into that with other mon, too.  I don't remember the date (it was way before WWII) they opened up mon to all families, not just Samurai.  By WWII, there were many variations to all the original themes, to personalize them to each particular family.  So, you may not find your exact image.

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Although David's link above shows the Hatakeyama family,  most people instantly associate these 'Wa-chigai' rings with the Wakisaka.  (Uwe is the expert around here.)

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/脇坂氏#:~:text=脇坂氏が史上に,系譜は明確ではない。&text=家紋は輪違い、通,安明であるという。

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:oops:...far from being that, Piers...

 

I found about 11 families “registered” for this exact mon. As Piers said, mostly associated with the Wakisaka lineage (脇坂氏). 


Amongst the others are: 

 

“曾雌” (Soshi)

”中井” (Nakai*)

“向坂” (Sakisaka)

“黒川” (Kurogawa)

”中村” (Nakamura*)

“小林” (Kobayashi*)

“恒川” (Kakigawa*), to name a few....

 

Note, (*) means, several readings possible!

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On 2/9/2021 at 5:28 PM, Hshsurf said:

Trying to learn more about a sword inherited from my grandfather. It is bring back sword. Thanks

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Yep,

it’s a rice plant “稲”. 
 

Closest I could find:

 

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”鈴木” (Susuki) in this case. But I’m not convinced.....

 

 

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 Intersecting hawk feathers in a circle. Used by Asano, Otani, Abe.

Found this Tsuka for sale on the net.

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Hi All!

Thought I'd show my collection of gunto with mon. Some of them are more well known and others that I cant find anywhere to try and research them. 

Hope you like them as much as I do.

 

Gethin

 

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That is fantastic! I would love to see the rest of the sword with the Mon that has most of the gold still in it.

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Wow Gethin,

That is a great collection! Seeing so many kabutogane side by side like that is also a great chance to notice the subtle differences in decoration between them.

Cheers,

Bryce

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Anyone know what mon this is? Came on the back of a light weight gunto. I’ve tried taking a clearer picture but this is the best I have for now.

 

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Wood sorrel in circle (maru-ni-ken-katabami). You can find a few other examples in this thread. 

 

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I'm new to Japanese sword collecting so I'm not even sure if this is a Mon.

 

This is the pommel end of a Kyu Gunto I recently acquired which had a Nihonto blade mounted in it.

 

I'm wondering if it's a Mon or just some standard device that appeared on all swords or specific manufacturers? 

 

I've prowled through page after page of Mons examples on the net but nothing looks like this.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks

Steve N

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