A honkozane do-maru gusoku [armour] | The helmet and mempo signed Nakahachiman Yoshikazu kore wo tsukuru (made by Nakahachiman Yoshikazu) | Edo period, the helmet dated Kaei rokunen mizunoto-ushi gogatsu kichijitsu (an auspicous day in the 5th month of the Water Ox [50th term of the sexagenary cycle], 1853)
The Property of a European Collector
The Property of a European Collector
A honkozane do-maru gusoku [armour]
The helmet and mempo [face mask] signed Nakahachiman Yoshikazu kore wo tsukuru (made by Nakahachiman Yoshikazu)
Edo period, the helmet dated Kaei rokunen mizunoto-ushi gogatsu kichijitsu (an auspicous day in the 5th month of the Water Ox [50th term of the sexagenary cycle], 1853)
the Myochin school fifty-two plate russet iron bowl with raised ridges, terminating in a four-stage copper-gilt tehen kanamono of typical chrysanthemum form, the first-stage chased and engraved with chrysanthemum heads in relief above scrolling foliage, russet iron mabisashi [peak], the fukigaeshi [turnbacks] in stenciled Dutch leather and applied with copper-gilt kikusui mon [chrysanthemum in water crest], two-tiered black lacquer manju-jikoro [rounded neck guard] with kebikiodoshi [close-spaced lacing] in blue braid, the copper, copper-gilt and patinated metal maedate [forecrest] in the form of an articulated dragonfly, the wings inlaid in mother-of-pearl, the russet iron ressei mempo [face mask with fierce expression] forged with deep wrinkles, detachable nose plate, yak hair moustache, red lacquer interior, two tiered yodaregake [throat protector] laced in matching braid, the do-maru [cuirass that wraps around the body without hinges] in black lacquered honkozane [true lamellae], the muna-ita [upper chest] in stenciled Dutch leather, the gyoyo [shoulder strap covers] similarly decorated and applied with further kikusui mon, five-tiered sode [shoulder guards], chainmail kote [sleeves], silk brocade lining, eight tassets of five tiered kusazuri [skirt], kawara-haidate [thigh guards] lined in silk brocade, all components laced in matching braid, shino suneate [shin guards], with sashimono [banner] in the form of three slender leaves of the barin [iris], with black lacquered wood saihai [commander's baton], with an armour display stand and two armour storage boxes
Mounted on the armour storage box: 138.5 cm., 54½ in. high
The armour storage box: 53 x 38 x 40 cm., 20⅞ x 15 x 15¾ in.
Overall the armour is in good condition, with some minor surface wear overall consistent with age and use, the helmet with some minor nocks to the raised ridges, a small repair to the peak, the turnbacks with leather slightly worn and faded, the gold lacquer with some chips and losses, the face mask overall in good condition with some wear to the patination, some small areas of surface rust and slight cracking to the red lacquer interior, the lacquer lamellae overall with some small chips and minor losses, the silk lining to the sleeves and thigh guards with wear and could benefit from some silk couching, the braid slightly faded in places, the armour storage box well-worn consistent with use.
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The family crest (mon) present on the turnbacks and gyoyo of this armour depicts a chrysanthemum floating on swirling waters and is associated with the Kusunoki clan.