JAPAN ARMY SHINGUNTO SWORD, BELONGED TO GENERAL MATSUDAIRA, SHOWA PERIOD, 1941-43
Hammer price 8.000 EUR
Origin: Japanese Empire
Period: showa, 1941-43.
Blade type: shinogi zukuri.
Nagasa (lenth of blade): 62 cm
Sori (curve of blade): 1,5 cm
Hamon’s type: gunome-notare
Nakago has yasurime traces and two holes mekugi-ana. On nakago visible stamp – arsenal Seki in Gifu prefecture. This stamp was used after 1941. Sword signed: gensui (field commander) and keimyo (made by kei).Habaki made of silver and bronze. The sword made with traditional hammering technique.
Hilt and scabbard typical for shingunto swords. Saya scabbard made of iron. On kashira the coat of arms mon in silver – “chigai-daikon” – belonging to the family Matsudaira Honjo from Miyatsu.
The sword belonged to Japanese Imperial Army general from ancient samurai clan Marsudaira. According to the Japanese sources, the only general from this family was MATSUDAIRA YOSHITAMI (born 13th March 1882, died 18th July 1948). Matsudaira clan was in close relation to the Japanese Imperial Court – Emperor Hirohito’s brother’s wife was from Matsudaira clan.
Condition report: very good condition, very well preserved. Blade in perfect condition. Hilt in very good condition. Scabbard with minor damages, missing paint.
Notice: extremely rare sword with great provenance!