Hello, I recently acquired my first armor but I'm not an expert and I would like to learn more about it. I got it on yahoo from a guy that, from what I saw in his history usually sell car parts. I guess he didn't knew more than me because there were just a few words in the description like "vintage" and no era...
Strangely it's in a doll store... they look quite new not like mine and from what I read when I translate those pages, they are made by a man called "Morisaki Masahiro". There is rust under under the urushi of the kabuto, I see some small bubbles and the leather parts look like they dried and were colored red... The lining inside the kabuto is intact so I can't see if there is a signature.
Roland, Since nobody else is taking this on, here are a few observations. Obviously it is a true scale armour and not a more recent production, although there may be some modern parts in it. The helmet bowl looks as if it might be old. What puts me off are the shape of the kanamono (although the kuwagata dai looks good) and the colour of the stencilled leather. That brown colour says modern to me. If I were making a guess, and that is all it is, I would suggest Meiji or Taisho that has been refurbished recently. I could be totally wrong. Ian Bottomley
Thank you Ian for your observations. Yes I noticed the stenciled leather has that reddish color that the nodowa doesn't have, maybe the owner wanted to express his artistic talent:) What do you think is strange about the kanamono? is it because it has a quite flat design for kabuto of an older period?
I had some problems to classify this one. So I hesitate to answer at first here. The hachi has a nice shape and looks old, as Ian mentioned. All in all I dare say, Meiji or Taisho......but no warranty at all?!
Hi Uwe, yes I just received a great warranty in my mailbox. After reading the japanese blogs mentioning Morisaki Masahiro and after some research, I decided to send my pics to his son at yoroikabuto.com. Here is his answer :
"Dear Mr.Roland *****
Thank you very much for your inquiry.
I received your picture and looked at it. Because the size of the picture is small, I can’t tell clearly but I think it is made by Masahiro Morisaki.
If you have any questions, please send us e-mail. I will be looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much for visiting yoroikabuto.com/samurai.
I'm with you, Uwe! I rather liked this armor and couldn't find many bad things about it from the pictures. After Ian:s analys I also agree that the leatherdetails is the most telling. But overall a very nice armor indeed.