Company Officer's 1886 Pattern Kyu Gunto Mounts with Ancestral Blade
Signature: Mumei, O-suriage
Year Made: Shinto
Forging Pattern: Hard to tell, possibly a tight itame
Tempering Pattern: Midare in nioi with nie
Dimensions: Blade Length: 25.375 inchesNakago: 6.75 inches 6 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Company officer's 1886 pattern Kyu gunto mounts in fair condition, missing some seppa but samé and wire straps are in good condition. "Rain" style habaki in gold washed copper, chrome plated saya with leather combat cover that has deteriorated and left corrosion on the saya. While all parts seem original to the sword the fit, when assembled, is not tight possibly due to missing seppa/spacers.
Overall Condition: Fair, Blade appears to be earlier shinto and has be cut down. Has a poorly carved or polished koshi -bi carved into the blade. The blade at the machi end is corroded with deep pits and rust. The sword has ware, scratches, pits, rust and nicks. There appears, however, to be enough temper left to take another polish and it's hard to tell sometimes if there is a jewel hidden beneath all the rust .