Shinshinto Satsuma Province Unsigned Katana,
In very good condition, an unsigned Shinshinto Katana.
Lovely Sugu-o-midare-ha hamon, so almost certainly Satsuma Province,
mid to late 19C, with silver (possibly genuine silver) "cat
The impressive 79.5 cm (from mune-machi to tip) blade has been
western cleaned but still shows good amounts of clear hamon. A few
minor wriggles of ware, but overall an exceptionally well made blade.
The sword itself is in overall very good condition, complete with
very nice Kaneiye school style tsuba; the only really noticeable
issues are a slightly over cleaned (rather than polished) blade
which may well benefit enormously simply from a uchiko ball, the
same has split (from dehydration) one side and the kurigata has
come off and is missing (an easy replacement). Otherwise, this is
a very good katana indeed.
A very sound investment. Please quote item reference J37 (1117)
. Further / full sized pictures available upon request.