It is the UK's biggest and best antique and vintage arms fair Showing: antique & vintage sporting guns, airguns & deactivated guns, collectors edged weapons, bayonets, daggers, armour, uniforms, headgear, badges, medals, decorations & militaria, books on all subjects.
Superbly located at: The National Motorcycle Museum Junction 6 of the M42, Birmingham, B92 0EJ Adjacent to Birmingham International Airport
Next Event 17th September 2017 Please pop by a say hello at the Northern Token Table
Pascal, the problem we have is a country full of idiots who think they have a right to handle everything without asking, that is the reason for the case. We are also obliged by law to keep the swords a reasonable distance from the public to stop them hurting themselves, which they do given the chance. Is it sharp? oh I am bleeding! Apart from the size of table we are allocated, most of the regular members travel 150 miles or more to attend and may not have anything new to display. From my recollection the gunto in the picture belonged to a member of the public and was there for appraisal, the photo being taken early in the day. There were three tanto in the case if I remember correctly, and Ian`s kabuto. Your idea of displaying a gusoku is a good one, but in the past we have had to set up transparent screens to stop them being handled. P.S.J.
Pascal, Taking an armour is a good idea, but there is no space to actually show one. Behind our table is a dealer who sell de-activated military items and we have only room for chairs. You are correct abour the gunto, but as Paul said it there for appraisal - something we try to do for anyone who brings things. Yes I agree the case is not attractive, but tsuba are so easily stolen even with people sitting in front of them. Ian
Scarrotti, I reassure you, we soon have the same idiots at home.
For 35 years that I have been practicing iaido, I have always worked with real swords but today I am not quiet when I take my sword to the dojo.
Believe me, gentlemen, I fully understand the amount of work that this exibition represents and I absolutely did not want to denigrate it.
I am passionate about the arms exchanges and I have made thousands of kilometers in my life in order to satisfy my passion and I would have been very happy to meet people like you in order to learn and exchange in the field of Japanese art.
I think it would be good to invest in a helmet holder that makes it possible to present a whole head; and not necessarily Japanese support.
It seems to me that Dave is going to propose this item.
As for the stole of Tsuba, it remains the solution to expose them behind mouse traps (but I believe that this is not quite in the spirit of the exhibition).
Post by Dave Thatcher on Aug 10, 2017 20:46:38 GMT
Look the Token Table is from Up-North, it's shrouded in history and God only knows what they keep under the table in all those plastic boxes. Yes, I've seen them. To interfere with the norm and push for culture change will be disastrous. Let lads be. The table is/has worked fine as a meet and greet grooming station for young new nihontophiles and katchubunnies since the show first opened its doors in 1902.
I take me cap off to their devotion. You won't find those boys from down south doing anything like this.
(Just for the record I am a fully licenced cockney and a proud Northern Token Member)
I nicked the idea from the cases in the Tiffany outlet at Heathrow (Except theirs are fancy colour correct permanent units).
You can buy LED strip in rolls for not much dosh on Flea Bay, so that should keep within the tenets of the Sacred Northern Brethren and the Lord High Commander and Banjo player extraordinaire in plenipotentiary to the Court of St Ecclescake.
Dave rather impudently made mention of the plastic boxes........
I have it on rather good authority that the boxes contain, amongst certain things too secret to mention, a signed pair of Saotome Slingbacks size 9 and a mystical material referred to as "Gradely Antwacky Scran" and "Brew" makings................
Am I insulted or what??? Banjo yes, eccles cakes definitely NO!! Typical southerner who doesn't realise they are from a part of the UK into which I travel with great trepidation. We hold our ToKen meetings in that county and I risk life and limb every time I attend - comforted by the fact that we are on a motorway that allows a quick escape over the border should things kick off. I would also point out that you omitted the flat cap and my whippet - actually she is a lurcher cause we couldn't afford a pure bred hound.