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A JAPANESE DAGGER (AIKUCHI TANTO), 19TH/20TH

CENTURY

with single-edged blade with traces of

hamon

, carved bone

grip decorated with a vertical arrangement of Samurai warriors

within a landscape (small cracks and chips)

20 cm; 8 in blade

£200-300

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A JAPANESE HELMET BREAKER (HACHIWARA), POSSIBLY 14TH CENTURY AND A WAKIZASHI

the first with slightly curved blade of square section, incised

with an inscription on each face and formed with a basal lug,

red lacquered wooden grip, in its matching

saya

; the second

with carved single-edged blade, signed tang (Sukemitsu)

pierced with a single

mekugi-ana

, plain iron tang, in its

wooden

saya

the first: 42.2 cm; 16

in blade

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The inscription on the first reads ‘Nihon fukuji sokin —

(Japan…? ancestor)’, ‘Genko gannen shogatsu kichijitsu’ (on a

good January day of Genko, 1331 AD first year), ‘Kusunoki

tamonbei Masashige’, ‘ Goro Nyudo Masamune zo kore’

(made by Goronyudo).

£400-500

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A CHINESE SO-CALLED SWORD BREAKER, TWO MINIATURE KATANA AND A COMMANDO KNIFE, 19TH/20TH CENTURIES

the first with tapering blade of square section and hilt formed

of a faceted moulding top and bottom; the second with curved

single-edged blade with traces of a

hamon

, plain tang,

engraved brass

tsuba,

in its lacquered

saya;

the third of cast

iron and the fourth of regulation type

42 cm; 16

½

in blade

(4)

£100-150

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A 28 BORE JAPANESE SNAP-MATCHLOCK CARBINE, EDO PERIOD

with octagonal sighted barrel inlaid in soft metal with a fire

breathing dragon above a mountain, associated vase-shaped

muzzle (joined to the barrel by a later internal tube) and signed

‘Kishu ju Shibatsuji Riemon’ beneath the breech, fitted with

integral pan with brass pivot-cover and fence, retained by a

broad brass band at the breech, brass lock, sprung moulded

brass serpentine, brass trigger, cherry wood full stock

(possibly shortened, the brass with restorations), applied with

engraved brass panels including bamboos beneath the fore-

end and flowerheads opposite the lock and brass mounts

including trigger-guard and trigger-plate

38.5 cm; 15

in barrel

£400-600

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