Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3363: Signed Antique Japanese Sword with Kyu-Gunto Mounts

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Russo-Japanese Sword with Kyu-Gunto and Shirasaya Pattern Furniture and Exceptional Blade

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Russo-Japanese Sword with Kyu-Gunto and Shirasaya Pattern Furniture and Exceptional Blade

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Also known as the "Russo-Japanese Sword" due to its use in that conflict, the kyu-gunto shows a blending of European and Japanese sword features. While many kyu-gunto were outfitted with mass produced machine made blades, a limited number can be found with traditional blades, including antique and ancestral blades re-mounted to pass Army muster. Overall length is 36 inches overall, with a 26 1/4 inch blade with a nearly straight hamon and well developed grain, set in a striped and silver plated copper habaki and an elongated hilt with European style pierced through "D" handguard, cherry blossom themed decoration, wire wrapped rayskin grip and a nickel finished scabbard. A silver mon, unidentified, is mounted on the back of the hilt. The tang has turned nearly black in color, with two mekugi-ana and a signature on the right side; the signature has not been translated, but the aging of the tang would be appropriate to an antique blade. Additional hand markings can be seen on some of the hilt fittings. In addition to the kyu-gunto hardware, a set of shirasaya mounts and a finely embroidered cloth wrap are included.

Rating Definition:

The blade is excellent, with minimal handling marks, attractive color and strong hamon. A spacer appears to be absent from the hilt, which is otherwise fine with some light handling marks, and the saya shows mild flaking and spotting on the finish.

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