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John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection

by Thomas Del Mar Ltd (in association with Sotheby's)


484 lots | 475 with images

March 20, 2013

25 Blythe Road

London, W14 0PD United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)207 602 4805

Fax: +44 (0)207 602 5973

Email: enquiries@thomasdelmar.com

**A JAPANESE SO-CALLED SWORD BREAKER AND THREE ARROW SHAFTS, EDO PERIOD

Lot 1: **A JAPANESE SO-CALLED SWORD BREAKER AND THREE ARROW SHAFTS, EDO PERIOD

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Description: **A JAPANESE SO-CALLED SWORD BREAKER AND THREE ARROW SHAFTS, EDO PERIOD the first with robust blade of hexagonal section and polyhedral tip, iron hilt comprising down-curved quillons, faceted pommel matching the blade tip, and cord-bound wooden grip and the arrows of wood, with integral nocks (worn, heads and flights missing the first: 39.5 cm; 15 1/2 in blade (4) Provenance JWHA Inv. Nos. 2129.1, 3311

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**A JAPANESE LONG SPEAR (OMI NO YARI), AND THREE FURTHER SPEARS (YARI)

Lot 2: **A JAPANESE LONG SPEAR (OMI NO YARI), AND THREE FURTHER SPEARS (YARI)

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Description: **A JAPANESE LONG SPEAR (OMI NO YARI), AND THREE FURTHER SPEARS (YARI) the first with long double-edged blade of triangular section tapering to a sharp point, cut with a single fuller, five-sided shank, signed long tang, on a wooden haft decorated in black lacquer with a banded pattern, fitted with copper ferrule, and iron shoe; the second with short steel head, on its haft (losses); the third decorated with mother-of-pearl at the top (head missing) the first 71 cm; 28 in head (3) Provenance The first: Edward E. Shedd, Allston, Massachusetts The second: Samuel Spanierman, New York, 6th December 1934 The third: Louis Bachereau, Paris, 3rd September 1933 JWHA Inv. Nos. 2168.a, 2227, 63 Exhibited The first: Worcester Art Museum, 5th April-22nd June 2003, "Samurai Spirit" The tang of the first is signed Sagami (no) kami Masatsune nyudo, implying that it is made by the first Owari Masatsune, originally of Mino, active 1535-1619.

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**A JAPANESE PART ARMOUR (TOSEI GUSOKU), EDO PERIOD

Lot 3: **A JAPANESE PART ARMOUR (TOSEI GUSOKU), EDO PERIOD

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Description: **A JAPANESE PART ARMOUR (TOSEI GUSOKU), EDO PERIOD comprising eight-plate russet iron kabuto, inlaid in silver and gold with dragons and cloud ornament, with extensive inscription at the rear, fitted with one-piece mabizashi with kuwagata-dai, the former decorated en suite with the skull, shikoro of four lames (three detached and disarticulated), the uppermost with fukigaeshi decorated with a gilt mon at the front, well modelled mempo signed 'Yasunari saku' on the chin and with detachable nose (burnished bright), russet iron dô of eleven plates, the front plate inlaid in silver with a scene involving a female figure in combat with a dragon, the backplate with a lengthy inscription, a pair of lacquered ko-sode each of seven lames, haidate composed of numerous faceted rectangular plates joined by mail on fabric, and a pair of lacquered iron eight-plate kogake (areas of wear throughout) See note at front of catalogue for information concerning stands Part of the long inscription reads: 'Naito Hachinojo Showaden roshin Sato Mataichiro konomi, Bushu (Musashi) Hitachi Shimousa sankakoku ko-suki-gane juugo rentan, Tobu seisaku kore ima no yoni e gatashi makotoni juho nari, Ichikuze Ken zo, Kaei sichi kinoe-tora nigatsu kichi, Shinmei Heisaburo Shin'ei' [This is a rare and precious treasure and was reputedly made by utilizing fifteen ancient hoes from the three counties of the Shimousa region of Hitachi Province in Musashi . This was made for Sato Mataichiro, a senior Tokugawa government official at the Naito Hachinojo Showaden office. Shinmei of Ichikuze Kenzo and Shin'ei of Ichikuze Heisaburo, an auspicious day in the second month of Kaei 7th year of kinoe-tora, equivalent to 1854]. We assume Shinmei and Shin'ei to be the names of the makers. Myochine Yasunari was active circa 1850 Provenance JWHA inv. no. 1695

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**A JAPANESE ARMOUR (TOSEI GUSOKU), EDO PERIOD

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Description: **A JAPANESE ARMOUR (TOSEI GUSOKU), EDO PERIOD comprising twenty-four plate lacquered iron kabuto, shikoro of six lames, lacquered iron mempo with detachable nose, lacquered red on the inside and carrying a yodarekake of four lames, lacquered dô, kusazuri of five lames, a pair of mail and lacquered iron kote, and mail and lacquered iron haidate and suneate en suite with the kote (some wear and minor losses) Provenance JWHA Inv. No. 2809 See note at front of catalogue for information concerning stands

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**A JAPANESE ARMOUR (TOSEI GUSOKU), EDO PERIOD

Lot 5: **A JAPANESE ARMOUR (TOSEI GUSOKU), EDO PERIOD

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Description: **A JAPANESE ARMOUR (TOSEI GUSOKU), EDO PERIOD comprising twenty four plate hoshi-sujikabuto profusely studded over its outer surface, fitted with mabizashi lacquered red on its underside, engraved brass maedate in the form of a vajra and decorated with flowers and foliage, shikoro of three lacquered iron lames, the uppermost with fukigaeshi, finely modelled russet iron ressei style mempo lacquered red on the inside, fitted with a pair of pierced ears, detachable nose and with traces of a moustache, yodarekake of three lames, russet iron lamellar dô lacquered on the inside, kusazuri of five lames, a pair of ko-sode each of seven lames, the middle lames applied with an engraved gilt-brass plaque (one with four detached lames, a pair of russet iron and mail kote, lacquered iron haidate, suneate and kogake Provenance JWHA Inv. No. 2032 See note at front of catalogue for information concerning stands Literature Stephen V. Grancsay, The John Woodman Higgins Armory, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1961, p. 124 (ill.)

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