Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3272: Suit of Japanese Armor with Display Stand

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Suit of Japanese Armor with Display Stand

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

Constructed primarily from black lacquered metal plates assembled with blue and white cord, with blue/floral pattern backing material, hanging shoulder and hip protectors, and areas of "tatami" plate and chain protection at the upper arms and thighs and hexagonal plates around the neck area. Mounting points for a swiveling bracket for a sashimono banner are installed on the upper back, but the bracket itself is absent. The helmet is constructed with 12 metal plates in the crown, 5 in the neck protector and one for the visor, decorated with a set of gold paint mon featuring a pattern of three horizontal bars in a circle, and the paired menpo-pattern lower faceguard is decorated with facial hair, gold painted teeth, and a raised leaf-shaped mon on the chin. The set is assembled on a hardwood display stand. The consignor attributes the armor to 1850-1875, and the helmet ornament to the 1900s.

Rating Definition:

Very good overall, showing mild wear and handling overall. The breastplate shows some lost rivets and lost rivet covers, and some of the lacquer is cracking and flaking. Some plates are absent from the tatami sections.

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