Gassan Sadakazu in Beautiful Imperial Court Koshirae

Signature: Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Court Artist) Gassan SadaKazu
Year Made: Taisho 2 (1913), October
Forging Pattern: Ko-Itame
Tempering Pattern: Suguha
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  25", Nakago: 6", Mihaba: 1", Sakihaba: 5/8", Kasane: 3/16", Sori: 3/4"
Mountings:  Gassan Sadakazu (1836-1918) was awarded the title of Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Arts and Crafts Expert) by Emporer Meiji in 1890.  He was one of the first seven arts to receive this title.  Sadakazu is responsible for keeping the Gassan school in existence during to early-mid Meiji period when most sword smiths were forced to give up their trade because of lack of demand for swords. 

The full court koshirae and shirasaya in mint condition, the lacquer work is very good quality.  The habaki is a one piece gold washed. 
Condition:  The sword and koshirae are excellent in condition and quality.  The lacquer work is very high quality.  The shirasaya is a little older but in very fine condition.  This is a very beautifull show piece.

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