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A Yokohagi okegawa-do gusoku [armour] | Edo period, mid-18th century

The Property of a European Collector

A Yokohagi okegawa-do gusoku [armour] | Edo period, mid-18th century

A Yokohagi okegawa-do gusoku [armour] | Edo period, mid-18th century

The Property of a European Collector

A Yokohagi okegawa-do gusoku [armour] 

Edo period, mid-18th century 


the sixty-eight plate russet iron suji bachi kabuto [helmet with raised ridges] with a copper-gilt five-stage tehen kanamono, black lacquer fukugaeshi [turnbacks], the four tier shikoro [neck guard] black lacquer with closely laced iro-iro odoshi [variegated lacing], the maedate [forecrest] a gilt kuwagata pierced to each end with a boar's eyes (inome) opening, the iron russet mempo with detachable nose, yak bristle moustache, the lips in red lacquer and teeth in gilt, red lacquer interior, the do [cuirass] of horizontal black lacquer honkozane plates, gold lacquer rim, decorated throughout with suhama mon [stylised inlet], the black lacquered kosode [small shoulder guards] laced to match the shikoro and kusazuri [skirt], seven tassets of five tiered kusazuri, with shinosunaete [shin guards], contained in a black lacquer hasamibako, the armour box in the above lot is for illustration only and not included in the lot 

Overall this a fine armour in generally good condition. The helmet with some slight chips and old wear to the black lacquer of the helmet bowl, and slight wear to the edges of the turnbacks, some slight cracking to the lacquer on the peak and bowl. Overall the silk lacing is in good condition, with a few small pieces worn. The forecrest with some old wear.

The mask with some wear to the lacquer and rub on the nose. The interior with slight crazing. The black lacquer of the cuirass with some old scratches and slight chips, as can be seen in the illustration. The shoulder-guards with some wear and minor chips to the honkozane. The sleeves with wear to the silk brocade and some old wear to the silk edging. The skirt is in good condition. The underskirt with wear and slight scratching to the black lacquer lamellae. The shin guards with slight chips and wear to the black lacquer. The leather with some old wear. The hasamibako with some wear, slight soiling and scratching to the lacquer overall, but would greatly improve with gentle cleaning. The cover with old wear and scratches and two cracks running across the top, both with some restoration. The copper-gilt fittings with some wear to the gilt. The armour box for illustration only and not sold with the lot.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Guiseppe Piva, Samurai: Opere della Collezione Koelliker e delle Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco, (Milan, 2009), no. 1, pg. 44.
Palazo Reale, Milan, Samurai: Opere della Collezione Koelliker e delle Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco, 2009. 
The variant of this suhama crest that appears on this armour is ascribable to the Konuki clan of Mutsu Province.