I'm a collector of nihonto and this is my first yoroi. I just really liked it aesthetically as it was fairly subtle in design and I believe all original and complete with no composite parts. I know nothing really about samurai armour though have purchased Ian Bottomley's Arms and Armour of the Samurai book to start me off on my new journey and I'm sure another obsession
Interested in feedback on both the armour and how to display it. I just watched a video on you tube really as a guide, though I'm sure its not 100% right. In particular not sure about how the kabuto tie should be done.
I believe it is a gusoku, late edo and I researched the family mon which I believe may be the Naito Clan. Other than that - I don't have any further information.
Well done Ben! Nice armor of the latter part of the Edo period, as you already supposed. At first, keep it away from sunlight!!! This is very important for preservation. Mon is "Sagari-Fuji" and indeed close to the common "Naito" crest (but it does not have to mean anything...).
Ben, A nice quality late Edo period armour that looks to be in good condition. One thing I would advise, as well as endorsing Uwe's comments about minimising exposure to light, are the fastenings for the muna ita and the plate below (at the top front of the dou). These are really fastened to the rest of the dou by leather thongs that fasten through holes along the bottom edge of the plates, the lacing being cosmetic. These thongs are hidden on the outside under the lacing and appear inside as tied bows. These are generally bust and throw the whole weight of the dou on the lacing which stretches. In the case of yours you can see how they are starting to stretch. These ties need replacing if broken - there are details on how to do it on the Forum. You will have a problem getting leather that is strong enough so use linen thread or similar. I have no doubt the mon does belong to an owner, but it was a very popular mon used by a lot of families who claimed descent from the Fujiwara clan. I also have to differ from my old pal Uwe in that the helmet is a maru bachi or dienzan bachi, basically hemispherical. They became fashionable when ancient features were being copied during a period of nostalgia in the late 18th and eary 19th century. Ian Bottomley
The last pics of the kabuto made it clear, daienzan suji bachi! Is there a ridge on the do?! Maybe we can then name the whole thing, "kuro urushi nuri hatomune nimai do gusoku", to make it not too complicated....
You asked about how to tie the helmet, but... how to fix the shinobi-no-o to the helmet comes first! Yours looks a little short...? Step 1 Start with middle of the cord, fold it and thread the eye through the back loop. Push both cord ends through the newly created cord loop. Pull tight. Bring the left cord forward and attach to the left loop, but make sure to leave enough slack in it to go down around the ear before tying off with a simple knot; repeat process with right cord. This will give you an essential hanging loop in the shinobi-no-o cord on either side of your jaw. Good luck!
Step 2 is how to tie a simple helmet to a stand. Step 3 is how to tie a helmet + menpo.
Also you may need to lower the do shoulder rest and pull up the haidate. There is a gap between the bottom of the do and the top of the haidate which looks a little empty. Pull the centre of the haidate towards the stand upright and tie or pin it there. The haidate flaps will then come together. Then tie a rope or a mawashi or something around the waist. (?) As others have said above, a nice first set. Congratulations.
If I may add something, the Dou looks like hatomune tatehagi dangae okegawa. But I know how much nomenclature in some cases is "random". The kote and the suneate are Shino type. Sode look like Tosei Sode
Luca, You are learning fast, but not dangae in this case. Yes the upper plates ore laced, but that does not count as dangae. That term is used when the construction changes in the main part of the dou. A typical example has kebiki laced kozane or kiritsuke kozane at the bottom and sugake above. So you are right, a hatomune tatehagi dou. Ian B
Luca, That is a tricky one. Of all the parts of an armour haidate are perhaps the least described. The plates are no different than the shino (meaning rice straws) on a kote but shorter - so I suppose ko shino haidate. I wrote that without cheating and looking it up. Sasama in Nihon no Bugu Katchu Jiten show a similar haidate and calls it a hira ikeda haidate - meaning flat small plates (ikeda means 'raft'). These are curved so I go back to my ko shino haidate. Ian B
One of our members is called Ikada Kun. His family own a large timber mill and business up in Katsuyama. Over the centuries, they probably sent the lumber down the river on rafts, hence the family name. That's how I remember it, anyway!
(Absolutely nothing against them, Malcolm, indeed some of my best friends are from Yorkshire...)
There can be no excuse in this matter. I had laid out the red mat in the garden, dug out my best tanto and then realised I gave away my white kamishimo away a couple of years ago. I'm not sure if a slightly grubby white t-shirt and a pair of underpants would do but I suppose they will have to. Next door have agreed to act as kaishakunin, for no other reason he claimed it would stop me playing my banjo on the front steps in decent weather. There may be a problem with Kirklees Council since there is a by-law prohibiting the slaughter of livestock in places other than a designated abattoir. I may have to apply for a 'change of use' order on the house. Ian B