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Mumei Tachi



A Meiji or Taisho tachi koshirae with a mumei Kambun shinto katana.  The  unwrapped tsuka has shinchu fuchi, kabutogane, and frame with incised vine decoration around the exposed polished wood.  The sarute is missing.  `It appears as if a decorative plate might be missing.  There are no menuki.  The aogata tsuba has a mimi, four boar's eye, and ishime surface,  The copper daiseppa is part of the tsuba itself, a classical tachi form, with incised design and four small boar's eye sukashi.  The saya ha matching shinchu fittings, and a lovely gold vines leaves in gold on a black base.  There is some wear on the gold, likely from riding on horseback.  Hand woven sageo tied in a formal tachi knot.

The katana is a mumei, Kambun shinto in need of polish.  Shinogizukure, iroi mune, extended chukissaki,  Hawatare: 2 shaku 2 sun 9 bu 4.6 rin (69.53 cm or 27.375").  {Because the habaki can't be removed, the nagasa is likely to be closer to 2 Shaku 3 Sun.}  Motohaba: 2.934 cm.  Sakihaba:  2.0 cm,  Kasane:   7.1 mm  Although the blade is badly stained, what areas that have been partially cleaned off,  reveal a chusuguba with long and strong kinsuji and layers of masame, packed with konie, sunagashi.  The jigane too appears to be a strong masame packed with bright konie and looks to have strong chikei. 

Two things:  1.  I am not a fan of shinto swords.  2.  Mumei shinto are generally not worth restoring. 

THIS ONE I BELIEVE IS THE EXCEPTION.  The work reminds me of Hankei, although the sugata is all wrong for that call.  Unfortunately, the sword has to be in hand to see the bright konie, kinsuji, chikei, sunagashi.                                                $3,500






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