SJ1 Katana Kake, (Sword Stand).
Original stand over three hundred years old. This is an unusual sword stand in that it holds three swords rather than the two
sword stands that are prevalent. The black lacquer is inlaid with hundreds
of polished and hand fit pieces of Mother of Pearl. Every surface of the
stand have patterns and scenes in this fine style. This stand dates from
the early 1700's and has some warping of the uprights due to age but the lacquer
and inlay have not been damaged. I bought this from an Army officer who
finished the war in Japan and married a lady of Samurai descent. She had
her own swords and the stand, when the couple moved to the US in 1949, they
brought them along. I bought all of them in one of my 'Motel Buys' in 1974
and have just decided to pass it along to another collector who likes to see his
swords displayed on the real thing. $1750 Pictures:
Oo-wakizashi 22 1/2" long from tip to Munemachi. 1.25" wide at ha machi 3/4" at
Yokote, Kissaki (Yokote to tip) 1.25". Very nice Shakudo (blackened
copper) Habaki (collar around the blade below the guard. but it too
has some wear. Tang (Nakago) Hawk Feather Yasuri Mei (file
marks) dark brown Sabe (rust) one Mekugi Ana (hole for peg) Crisp Mei
(signature) IZUMO FUJIWARA KANEMITSU SAKU Kanemitsu of the
Fujiwara Clan from Izumo Province. I could find no reference to
this smith in my books but the signature was bold and deep, the kind you
would usually find from someone who was proud of his work. The saya
originally had leather over wood and a metal band for the suspension ring.
All was covered by a Khaki canvas foul weather cover. However... the
vet appears to have done some " repair work" on the suspension band with
lead solder to hold it together and then had to remove the leather from the
bottom part of the saya to get the ring back on. The Tsuba has a
monkey pointing at the moon on the obverse and some kind of gold
caterpillar on the reverse but age has taken out some of the copper with gold
inlay work. There are file marks on the monkey's face and bottom.
The Fuchi has very nice inlay work on the iron sides with gold covered
flowers and vines. No Kashira nor Tsuka. The Vet said he
picked it up just after the war in Japan. I believe it.
Pictures: Saya A
SJ13 Koto Katana with 1886 style
tsuka and Showa saya. 24" long cutting edge, 1300's. The older double hand
handle was an officer's style used from 1886 through the Russo-Japanese war.
Ranking officers could carry the sword they used earlier, but the saya had to be
of the 1934 and 1938 style used during the Showa period, this one is the Naval
Dress sword pattern. The hook is missing but the button assembly is
present. The saya is wood with a deluxe lacquer double ashi, hangers, of
the Naval pattern and the fittings still have most of the silver
highlights present. The habaki has heavy gold plating. Polish is
excellent and the hamon is clear and the blue luster, from early iron sand, is present. The kitsusaki is the Ikubi Kitsusaki, or Boars head
that you seldom see other than in museums. One nick 1/16" deep and two
just large enough to be felt by a fingernail are present on the cutting edge
just in front of the habaki, and two small openings are on the right side on the
shinogi, none are in nor close to the temper. Several sword cuts are
present on the mune and two on the right side of the ko-kitsusaki by the mune.
The sabe, rust, is the 'wet black' appearance so characteristic of the early
Koto era and the file marks are non-existent as you would expect from a tang
this old. Two holes in the nakago indicate that the sword was shortened at least three
inches and had a deep Bizen curve and judging from the fumbari and shape of the
blade was more than likely a Tachi. Nothing remains of the mei.
$3000 Pictures: A
SM1 Bag for either a Katana or Tachi. 50"
long with peacocks chrysanthemum, and pine needles in dark green on a very pale
green background. The tie was made from the sword portepee of a WWII
Officer's sword. The colors are light brown on one side and dark blue on
the other side complete with the brown and blue tassel. $115
SM2 Sageo (cord) for the saya
(scabbard) of a Wakizashi. Two toned: Brown and Purple.
The ends are tied off in the correct manner. Some wear to the middle
where it was handled while on the Saya. 39" long. $40
SM3 Bag for long tanto or short
wakizashi. 24" long with white silk lining, never used, needs
a tie cord. $25
SM4 Bag for long tanto or short
wakizashi. 24" long with white silk lining, never used.
Needs a tie cord $25
SM5 Bag for Katana either mounted
or in Shirasaya, 42" long with white silk lining. Never used.
Needs a tie cord. $50
SM7 Sageo (cord) for Katana.
Excellent condition. The sageo was used to hold the saya (scabbard) in
place when the sword was drawn. This one is black, both ends tied
correctly, 64" long. $90 Pictures:
SM8 Sageo (cord) for Katana. Excellent
condition, purple with both ends correctly tied. 66" long and is a little wider and
thicker than the run of the military Saya cords. $100