WW2 Named Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto,
With an earlier shin-shinto wakizashi blade, this WW2 Japanese
army officer's shin gunto is in good condition and is marked with
the original owner's name and address.
By repute of the wife of the British serviceman who brought this
war trophy home to the UK, this shin gunto was taken after the liberation
of Changi Prison in Singapore. Apart from the earlier unsigned shin-shinto
wakizashi blade, what makes this item really interesting is that
the saya (scabbard) is very neatly inscribed with the original owner's
name and address; Mr. Otsubo Saburo from Gifu-ken Mashita-gun Hagiwaracho
can see where he lived / came from here. We have no idea what
happened to Otsubo Saburo but, with his name and address, he and
/ or his descendants / family could quite easily be traced.
The 51 1/2 cm blade is in overall good condition, some marking
/ scratching here and there, straight hamon very visible, some ware
(forging lines). Full set of Seppa (spacers / washers) thought might
benefit from one more. Saya / scabbard in good order, though the
leather cover has cracked where people have folded it back to see
the inscription in the past.
Please quote item reference number F46 (897). Further / full sized
images available upon request.