Shinto Katana, chu-jo saku smith, Yamamoto
Genji Terushige, sold
A very rare blade by 4th generation Terushige, in stunning private
purchase senior Japanese officer mounts, in very good condition.
Please note: the sword has been sent to Tony Norman (quality UK
Japanese sword polisher) on the 3rd December 2013. The price we
can offer it at depends on whether the polish has started or not,
and also a report from Tony Norman as to the final result of course
(there is some bending to the blade but he believes this is not
a problem to rectify).
Mei: Bushu Shimohara ju Yamamoto Genji Terushige (made blades from
1661-1684) (Shimohara is sometimes written as Shitahara) can
be found here - apparently, according to the Japanese resource
book Nihonto Meikan was the only Yamamoto Terushige to sign with
"Genji", rather than the norm / full form of "Genjiro".
The spectacular 30 1/2 inches long blade (excludes habaki) is much
longer than the normal katana, it is Tachi length, though the signature
being on the one used for signing a katana. As Yamamoto Genji Terushige
came from a long line of Musashi Province Shimohara
Terushige smiths, it is quite likely the influence of the tachi
came down from his forefathers, 1st and 2nd generation Terushige
smiths, who would have made Tachis for Samurai. In any event, this
is a spectacular blade to say the very least.
Equally spectacular are the mounts, with dragonfly fuchi, menuki
and kashira, though in a leather field service saya (scabbard) for
an Imperial Japanese army officer during World War 2; the fact the
furniture does not have the Imperial Chrysanthemums, along with
such a large and old blade, indicates this sword was carried by
a very senior officer.
OK, so the massive blade is in very good condition, save for scuffing
/ wear and the end of the tip being a little bent (Tony Norman to
the rescue). The furniture is in very good condition, the rayskin
having cracked in two one side under the silk bindings, but everything
else is very good for the age. As it stand right now, before Tony
Norman starts polishing the blade (he is expected to be able to
do it around June 2014; he is very popular and always has a back
log of work), you can own this sword for £(price removed).
Once it has been polished, if we still have it, the price range
will be somewhere between £(price removed).
Please quote item reference G15. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box TN