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Translation Kabuto Mei, please.

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Hello Misters,


I recently acquired a Japanese Kabuto and was wondering if anyone could translate the mei for me.  

There are two signatures, maybe a date...?


Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you.


Best regards,





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Hello Oliver,


the mei reads "明珎紀宗周作" (Myôchin Ki Munechika saku. The other reading of the name is Munekane)

The nengo is "嘉永セ年甲寅二月日" (A day in February Kaei 7 = 1854, "甲寅" is the zodiac date = Kinoe Tora)



Something more about this smith.....


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Hello Sir Uwe,


It’s very precious, thank you very much, I didn’t expect so much.  


A little disappointed, I imagined a feudal kabuto, we are at the end of the Edo period so no more battles ...


Good day and good luck!


Best regards,


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For example the “戊辰戦争” (Boshin sensō / Boshin war) or the “西南戦争” (Seinan sensō / Satsuma rebellion)...to name only two!

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