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Hoshi Bachi Kabuto. Late Edo/Meiji Period. A copy of a Kamakura-style helmet, the twenty-six-plate hoshi bachi black-lacquered and mounted in ni ho jiro style, the plates decorated and pierced with a design of peonies, five-stage tehen kanamono, the sharply-down-turned peak with a kuwagata dai and large kuwagata; an o-manju jikoro of five lame of hon zane, the upper four rows turned back to form fukigaeshi, the shikoro is black-lacquered and laced with red kebiki odoshi.

Late Edo/Meiji Period, late century A copy of a Kamakura-style helmet, the twenty-six-plate hoshi bachi black-lacquered and mounted in ni ho jiro style, the plates decorated and pierced with a design of peonies,.

62 plate hoshi kabuto, by Joshu (No) Ju Saotome Iechika, Edo period, 17th to 18th c, with concisely spaced suji [ridges], each plate with a row of thirty three small rivets, the iron mabisashi [peak] lacquered with gold mura nashiji depicting flying plovers in gold hiramaki-e, a rare double shikoro [neck guard] formed of an upper section with four bands of brown-lacquered iron, the lower band with a shakudo fukurin [edging], the top two bands turned back forming the fukigaeshi [turnbacks].

62 plate hoshi kabuto, by Joshu (No) Ju Saotome Iechika, Edo period, to…

Iron Suji 32 ken Kabuto. Edo period (18th c)  lacquered black and finished with silver fukurin and igaki, five-lame shikoro of false scales, the top lame ending in small fukigaeshi with gilt-copper Hineno family crests of a stylized constellation of three stars, the helmet mounted with a gold-lacquer maedate and an elaborate black-lacquered wood ushirodate designed as a Chinese architectural element pieced in the center with a family crest of a stylized constellation of three stars

Edo period century) 32 plate iron Kabuto lacquered black and finished with silver fukurin and igaki, five-lame shikoro of false scales close-laced in dark blue, the top lame ending in small fukigaeshi with gilt-copper Hineno.

Hon-kozane nimai-dô gusoku. Mid Edo Period (1615-1867)  Tachi-dô style, black lacquered hon-kozane (true scale) of iron and leather. The kebiki odoshi in pale green silk. The armour is fitted with a “mutsu karakan ni juni kiku” kamon. 32 plate suji-bachi kabuto. The bowl is mounted in gilt copper and shakudô. The menpô is an exceptional work by Myôchin Muneakira, signed and dated 1732.

Hon-kozane nimai-dô gusoku. Mid Edo Period (1615-1867) Tachi-dô style, black lacquered hon-kozane (true scale) of iron and leather. The kebiki odoshi in pale green silk. The armour is fitted with a “mutsu karakan ni juni kiku” kamon. 32 plate suji-bachi kabuto. The bowl is mounted in gilt copper and shakudô. The menpô is an exceptional work by Myôchin Muneakira, signed and dated 1732.

O-yoroi, early 14th–early 15th c,  lacquered iron and leather, silk, stenciled leather, gilt copper, donated to the Kurama Temple near Kyoto by one of the Ashikaga shoguns. During the late Edo period it passed into the possession of Sakai, daimyo of Wakasa, (military governor of Kyoto) who had the armor refurbished and its silk lacings replaced with leather in the 12th and 13th c style. The helmet bowl dates from the late Kamakura period (early 14th c). Met Museum.

O-yoroi, early c, lacquered iron and leather, silk, stenciled…

Tetsu kuro urushi nuri eboshi nari no kabuto, Edo Period, a form of kawari kabuto they were originally derived from Nara period (8th century) hats. Referred to as "single-valley helmets", said to be named after the steep valley Ichinotani in Hyougo prefecture. It was an aristocratic item of headgear worn by Japanese nobles. Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611) was one of the most famous individuals to wear such a helmet and his in particular was very striking because it was so tall.

Tetsu kuro urushi nuri eboshi nari no kabuto, Edo Period, a form of kawari kabuto they were originally derived from Nara period century) hats. Referred to as "single-valley helmets", said to be named after the steep valley Ichinotani in Hyougo prefec

Japanese hachi-gane (forehead protector), Edo period, lightweight, portable armor for the head.

Japanese hachi-gane (forehead protector), Edo period, lightweight, portable armor for the head.

Five panel iron curiass with gold and silver inlay, Japanese, Edo period, ca.  1830-1840.

Five panel iron curiass with gold and silver inlay, Japanese, Edo period, ca.

Antique Edo period samurai hotoke dou (smooth plate chest armor).  samuraiantique world.com

Antique Edo period samurai hotoke dou (smooth plate chest armor). samuraiantique world.com

Antique Edo period samurai kusari and karuta katabira (jacket with chain armor and small square armor plates). This katabira is constructed with approximately 2000 small square armor plates (karuta).

Antique Edo period samurai kusari and karuta katabira (jacket with chain armor and small square armor plates). This katabira is constructed with approximately 2000 small square armor plates (karuta).

Japanese Edo period Armor (Gusoku), c. 16th - 18th centuries    Lacquered iron, mail, silk, copper-gilt

Armor (Gusoku), and centuries; Edo period Japanese Lacquered iron, mail, silk, copper-gilt (I looked at a lot of armor in Tokyo museum)

Dou, Japanese coin armor, a form of tatami (foldable) armor constructed with coins sewn to a leather backing.

Dou, Japanese coin armor, a form of tatami (foldable) armor constructed with coins sewn to a leather backing.

Antique Edo period samurai kusari han kote (chain armor gauntlets).  samuraiantiqueworld.com

Antique Edo period samurai kusari han kote (chain armor gauntlets). samuraiantiqueworld.com

120 plate suji bachi kabuto. (ridged bowl) 1700 - 1800, 120 russet iron plates riveted vertically. Inscribed ‘Joshu (modern-day Ibaraki Prefecture) Suifu ju Yoshihide Saku’. The armourer is not recorded, but was likely to be of the Myochin school, one of three main schools of armourers who worked in Joshu province. The fukigaeshi has round decoration in shakudo of stylised hollyhock leaves, the family crest of Tokugawa family, the samurai clan who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868. V&A Museum.

120 plate suji bachi kabuto. (ridged bowl) 1700 - 1800, 120 russet iron plates riveted vertically. Inscribed ‘Joshu (modern-day Ibaraki Prefecture) Suifu ju Yoshihide Saku’. The armourer is not recorded, but was likely to be of the Myochin school, one of three main schools of armourers who worked in Joshu province. The fukigaeshi has round decoration in shakudo of stylised hollyhock leaves, the family crest of Tokugawa family, the samurai clan who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868. V&A Museum.

Yuki No Shita Hirosode matching original dou sode set is of the highest quality…