Saotome Iyenaga worked worked till the End of middle Edo.Very nice exemple in Luc and Jo book page 91 the only exemple I find of so fukurin suji bachi 62 L .Like other Saotome ,Iyenaga maked classical Suji bachi and Koboshi kabuto.
You have truly struck gold in the Swedish heartland. Who could have known there were so many fantastic items hidden away. But something tells me that we havent seen the true masterpiece of this latest raid...
Thanks Mischa, but please, I am a small bottom feeding collector with a very small humble pile of bits and pices. Not to be compared to the big fish. I have many limitations but it matters not. Everytime I enter my armory, I travel in time and I am equally happy everytime. Just as I think you and everyone else in our group are. Every day is a good day.
Very nice find Anthony. Knowing how everyone of us feels when a new piece enters our colections (big or small as they are), I can't feel anything but so happy for you. And I wish you many many happy hours in your "time machine" ( but don't forget you have a lovely wife, take good care of her also).
Sorry to break the news for you my dear friend but with double-digit numbers of Saotome, a fantastic Bamen, a glourious armor (or two...perhaps three) plus more teppo than seen during the summer-siege of Osaka you can no longer adress yourself as a bottom-feeding collector. Starting out as an ugly larva living in the sediments you have now reached the light and like a shining dragonfly commands respect from the rest of us gnats...
Well, that was quite challenging. Obviously underestimated by myself To be honest, I couldn`t have done it alone. So I borrowed some help midway. First attempt was inconclusive and not satisfactory enough. Second round brought the most meaningful result. Here we go...
Backside: "明和丙戌年" ("Meiwa hinoe-inudoshi" / 3.Year Meiwa, Year of the dog = 1766) Frontside: "生月甲八仕屋" ("Ikezuki kabutobachi shitateya" / Ikezuki kabuto finisher)
Which is cool, because it seems we could date the Kabuto (or a modification) this way! However, without any warranty (as usual)
PS: Great thanks to Markus for his invaluable help!
You might be right. Advertice? Must be a hot shot, defiling a Saotome kabuto with his scribble. I guess we will never know. Luc do you think the date correspond to a certain generation. I am thinking if the "assembler" used an old or new kabuto.