Got sent some Christmas money on paypal, so was limited where I could use it, but I found something cool. These are not my pictures but rather the seller pictures, so I'll try and post some of my own when I get it. Scoring it for about $90, so not sure how much of a deal it is, but it's more than worth that to me. And yes, definitely a bit rough shape, but I like the salty stuff some times! Should go well with my Hinawaju.
Arthur, A bit battered but real and probably quite old. These multiplate, conical iron jingasa seem to be Sengoku period pieces that were used long into the Edo period. The first jingasa I ever bought was one of these. It was hanging on a pub wall and had been stripped of all the lacquer and the owner thought it was a shield. Ian B
Alright, it just arrived! This thing is suuuuuuper beat up but I'm in love with it. The moment I took it out of the wrap some bits of lacquer and old fabric came out I think, but it was more dust than anything. Parts of it are held together with wire, and in one case a rivet was replaced with a nail.
The fabric inside is also really, really rotten. There seems to be some active rust on the rings for the chinstrap.
So now my question is, should I leave it as is? Or should I look for a restorer? I know it's just a jingasa, but I'm really impressed with this thing.