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    Japanese Sword help required please

    what is it? how old ? any good? who is the sword smith, value??
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    looks like a modern Chinese copy of a Japanese copy of a Chinese sword like object.

    Took me a minute to remember...
    Japanese ceremonial tachi for high ranking court official. Kara yo tachi or kazari tachi.

    here is a real one...
    http://www.samuraisword.com/nihontod...ari_tachi3.htm
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    I am an antique dealer 30 years, definitely not modern, when I removed the mounts on the scabbard the were packed with old pieces of Japanese paper with writing. Purchased from on 90 yr old lady who said it had been in the family for over 70 years. It was purchased at auction by her father.
    The tang has old rust on it, the lacquer scabbard has signs of old age, this is not a modern copy. I would think that the blade is much older than its mounts which at a guess would date to around 1900.
    there are remnants of sealing wax ? on the shagreen which would have attached other ornaments./
    the remaining one which covered the wooden peg is a coiled dragon and appears to be solid gold
    if you would like better photos of any parts of the sword let me know and I will post them
    Thanks for your help
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    Quite possibly a Meji era tourist piece.
    T. Middleton

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    That is a very nice sword. It is in tachi style handachi mounts. The horimono on the blade especially the fudo-myo is of high quality. The age is shin shinto and is worth a couple thousand. The mei is one of the ichimonji smiths. Not sure who. Very nice.
    Jim
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    Interesting... something about the cut of those lines/engraving...
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    Ill''e agree with Jim on this being real,and the first character in the mei is "Ichi"(as in Ichimoji)...haven't looked enough to see what the other characters refer to.As to the date,the second character is "Wa"和,as in Showa or Kyowa(1801)but the picture quality plus the fact that the mekugi-ana is punched through through character doesn't help with date(which could help with further identification)...A list of dates-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Japanese_era_names

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    This is an authentic torikubi-no-tachi. The mei begins with 一貫, which usually precedes 一貫齋 (Ikkansai). These koshirae were produced during the Meiji period.

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    Date is __保十年三月 (__po ju nen san gatsu). The first kanji is unclear.

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    As said above, the horimono depicts Fudo Myo'o. If you have an account at the NMB, you can access an article on torikubi-no-tachi here.

    https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/appl...t.php?id=74508
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    I know little about japanese swords but this does appear to have age and quality unlike modern fantasy swords. Definitely need such a sword in hand to make a proper conclusion as to just what this sword truly is.

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