A couple of other 120 plate kabuto and one 200 plate.
(Tetsu Sabiji Hyakuniju-Ken Suji-Kabuto) 120 ken suji bachi kabuto by Masahisa, Mid-Edo period (1700~1800), normally I would not post an image by someone who defaces them with a watermark like Morisaki and a few others insist on using. www.facebook.com/SamuraiArmorMORISAKI
120 ken suji bachi kabuto, Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum.
120 plate Suji kabuto bachi kabuto by Nobuiye, Edo period.
A sujibachi kabuto (helmet) By Myochin Yoshiharu, mid Edo Period, 18th century The sixteen-plate suji bachi in russet-iron with iron kanamono, the front and back plates overlaid with iron shinodare supporting long tapering rivets the front one pierced with an inome, at the top a four-stage iron tehen kanamono and on the back an iron kasa jirushi-no-kan, the leather-covered mabisashi secured by gilt rivets and surmounted by an iron oharai date, a three-lame komanju jikoro of black-lacquered iron itamono is laced with dark-blue sugake odoshi, the fukigaeshi leather-covered and with a shakudo and gilt mon, the interior fitted with a detachable lining. FOOTNOTES 鉄錆地十六間筋兜 銘「明珍式部紀吉治」 江戸時代中期（18世紀）
Damn, I don`t bought it at the DTI last year As I went back home reconsidering all that, I changed my mind and ask the seller again. He refused my offer and told me, that he gave it back to the previous owner cos of a false description (it was described as "Muneharu" in fact it is signet "Yoshiharu")
Did you notice the kamon on the Iehisa helmet above are total fakes? I have sometimes been puzzled when an obviously superb helmet, that equally obviously belonged to someone of high rank, displays kamon that do not appear in any book I have access to. Last year I was doing some cataloging for the National Trust at Snowshill Manor and was writing notes on what was apparently a late Edo period do-maru wondering why the kamon was one I had never seen before. I then realised the whole armour was a Meiji period creation and the kamon was invented to make the armour look complete. I found another armour there that had kamon on the Gyoyo and fukigayeshi that had been made by cutting a pair of real ones in half creating four semi-circular pieces with a bar across. What gave them away was the bar forming the lower edge was only half the width of the other bar. Clearly there was a trade in making fake kanamono depicting fake kamon for those having to sell their armours but not wanting anyone to know. Ian B
What Mark has done is provide us with a very rare inside view of several 120 plate kabuto, the only ones I know of, not to mention that two of the kabuto are not known as well, I think I have matched to images up correctly, by the way...thanks Mark for sharing these.
Theoretically Uwe can still purchase the kabuto he missed out on but think about this, now there are some additional expenses added on to the cost (auction fees etc.) which will jack up the price considerably, not to mention that now he will have to potentially compete with other bidders.
Here is an example, this armor which includes a Saotome kabuto was available from kinokuniya for 950,000 yen which in US dollars is around $9500 to $10,000, now the same armor is being sold in the same auction as Uwes kabuto. We will have a chance to see the final price on this armor and Uwe knows the pre-auction price of the kabuto while it was still in Japan so we can compare the difference.
Every thing is possible with auctions.Sometime is possible to buy a good price god items but I saw lot of people craying all the tears of their poor body when they want to sold again the prof of their large stupidity. You need to be sure of your choice.
Mark, thank you for sharing these images which would normally be hidden away and never seen by anyone (a blatant hint to anyone else who might also have some fantastic images hidden away!!).
Here are the two kabuto compared side by side, very similar indeed, how is it that one is signed and one is not if they are both by the same Saotome, is it true that the Saotome smiths always signed their work?
When looking at both of these kabuto they do look a like. When holding them and feeling the symetry they also feel alike. The museum piece is said to be signed. The ukibari is still intact, but if it were signed I think it would have a different ukibari...with window for the mei. Same patinas on both...Not all Saotome are signed. I have seen many excellent mumei Saotome Suji and Hoshi kabuto. I have also seen gimei Saotome too