I am looking for a complete set of armor, including the kabuto/helmet and an impressive looking mempo. COmplete with the storage box would be a bonus.
What would be the best place to shop for a set of armor? The auction sites mostly deal with high-end stuff and are also more expensive. I will be happy with a slightly mid-level armor for my living room display. I prefer genuine antiques from the beginning of the edo period of earlier (circa 1500-1600 CE).
Occasionally forum members have items for sale, but I am sure there are more places on the internet where even the forum members buy from. Any advice on how and where to buy a set would be very helpful. My budget is ~USD 6,000-10,000. I am in no hurry and will even consider visiting the place to check out the armor personally (I live in USA). This is a goal with ~2 year timeline. I may even visit Japan to travel and get a armor suit at the same time.
Welcome. First off, we use real names here, either in the user ID or by signature.
Secondly, there are many links on this site to dealers we consider "trusted", meaning we (one or another) have purchased from them in the past with good results. I'd start there. For your budget, and your early timeline, it will be hard to find a decent complete set for that price. You are better off looking mid/late Edo for your budget. Plenty of real nice sets in that era.
Thanks for the reply. My name is Avik Sarkar, and I live in Washington (state) USA. I certainly do not wish to wish to be impolite here. I have just become a bit overcautious (and paranoid) by default after the recent NSA spying...
I did find this site online: tokyo-samurai-armor.com/ I do a lot of window shopping here, but can't tell if the prices are reasonable or higher. Luckily time and this forum's expertise is on my side to make a good decision.
Also, are there any good reference books on guides on what I should be looking for in a good quality armor? I collect coins, so I know that there are a lot of subtleties to consider. Thanks again for the help and welcome!
You are locking at the (in)famous James Miller's cluster of homepages. There is an extensive thread regarding him on the Nihonto message board forum that you should read. He is said to have a shop in Tokyo. The problem is his claims, rumors says that he do not own most of the stuff he advertise so he's more like a broker. I know that people have sent him money without getting the honey...'nuff said.
Stick with the dealers we have here for now. We are a group of collectors that have been though this and we know what we are saying. Welcome! Glad to have you here. The NSA could care less about a group of 甲冑 files
Avik, This guy completely swindled a friend of mine - selling a plastic replica of an armour as a Meiji copy in metal. He then refused to refund the money until he was visited by the Tokyo police. He then admitted he would refund the money if the armour was returned but refused to accept it when it did - so it came back to the UK and my friend was still without his money. The man is a total rogue. Ian B
Less well known and unfortunately with his homepage only in French is this guy in France who is also doing sword polishing work, restauration work and who diserve to be more known with his prices very affordable: