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Sword gifts were common for Meiji and there are plenty of examples with solid provenance in museums. Most have the mounts similar to the one shown, the blades are usually average. There are frankly almost no western collections formed in Meiji period with good blades, Boston MFA being an exception. Period collectors and dignitaries also had aversion to shirasaya, so such pieces were usually not gifted at any level.

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Yes, this was offered at an auction in Paris a while back.  I tried to register to bid, but the auction house was pretty unhelpful and uncommunicative.  It seems more expensive now.

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I know of a Gassan Sadakazu Tachi , that was in my Hands, here in Germany


the Koshirae is very similar...


it was found in East Germany from a German collector Dealer from Bremen in 2000-2001...



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