WW2 Japanese Named Army NCO's Shin Gunto,
In very good condition, a WW2 Japanese Named Army NCO's Shin Gunto
(matching serial numbers), Knot. Belts & Comfort Bag.
This 99% was taken from a fallen Japanese non-commissioned officer
at the end of WW2; complete with sword knot, belt and comfort bag
(bearing the Japanese soldier's name, we believe "Naohisa"),
surrender items simply do not come with all of this; the knots,
etc. were removed by the Japanese soldiers to in some way preserve
their pride and dignity. Further, we know the name of the allied
soldier courtesy of the war souvenir pass that likely saw the end
of the Japanese NCO, one Lance Corporal F Simmonds of the 9th Battalion
of the Royal Sussex Regiment. They were sent with the 72nd Infantry
Brigade to fight in the Burma Campaign with the British 36th Infantry
Division. The battalion saw action in the Arakan, was airlifted
into Myitkyina and fought its way to Mandalay by April 1945.
The 26 1/4 inch (cutting edge) blade is in very good condition save
for some ominous period nicks and a little rust towards the point
(L/Cpl Simmonds was wise enough to grease the blade before storing
the sword). The sword fittings are all worn but in good order. Serial
number to blade 38997 with Kokura arsenal stamp matches that on
the throat of the saya. The leather knot and belt are where they
were tied / attached by the likely unfortunate Japanese NCO. The
saya / scabbard has lost some war paint but is overall good. The
sword sheathes and draws well. The Japanese soldier's comfort bag
in in good order.
Tons of research potential; it is so very rare that you get a
complete gunto like this, and the soldier's bag that bears his name.
Come on, £(too late, now sold)is a steal. Please quote item
reference AE53 (0898). Further / full sized photos available upon