Sengoku Period Japanese Wakizashi, Bishu
No Ju Sukesada, Sold
In very good condition with good original polish, a very high
quality Sengoku Period Japanese Wakizashi, signed Bishu No Ju Sukesada
(verified by the V&A Museum).
This wakizashi was appraised by Basil William "Robbie"
Robinson Keeper of the Department of Metalwork at the Victoria &
Albert Museum, with specialist knowledge in Japanese militaria,
and author of several Japanese books on the subject. Robbie believed
the blade dated from the Mid to Late 16th Century, though the only
other blade reference we can find online exactly for "Bishu
No Ju Sukesada" was for a blade dated 1502. There were a number
of high quality smiths who signed "Sukesada" during that
century, and some are very notable / highly ranked indeed.
The 17 7/8 inch (cutting edge / Nagasa) blade is in a good state
of polish, some small ware, nothing much, a good pleasing grain,
a few scuffs, clear hamon. Furniture in good condition. There is
no kozuka. A full description was made on the original sale document
which we have photographed (please request additional images).
With full verification except as to which Sukesada this was made
by (no matter which one, the sword is worth our price and may well
be the bargain of a lifetime if it transpire to be one of the highly
ranked Sukesadas), this is a stunning investment. Please quote item
reference L84. Further / full sized images available upon request.