Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3513: Fine World War II Japanese Naval Sword

Auction Date: September 10, 2017

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Fine World War II Japanese Naval Sword

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 197
Class: Other

Measuring 36 1/2 inches in overall length with a 25 inch blade showing a fine slightly wavy hamon and attractive grain set into a striped brass habaki. The fittings are traditional for the pattern, with a thick round brass tsuba, cherry blossom themed decoration, gilt fittings and a skin-wrapped wood saya with dual suspension bands. The tang has a single mekugi-ana, with a pair of red paint markings on the left side (no carved signature or Showa stamps); the work is attributed by the consignor to the Showa-era smith "Kunimori", a notable pre and post WWII maker of traditional gendaito.

Rating Definition:

Fine, some light scratches and spots are visible on the blade, with a fine bright color overall and a strong hamon. The external wrap of the saya has shrunk; otherwise, the furniture is good overall.

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