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An Important and Rare Historic Tanto owned by Baron Ito Miyoji

 

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Tanto : (Sunnobi Tanto)
Bizen koku : Signed, Kiyonori Early Muromachi period Edge length : Approx.35.8cm
Curvature : 4.2mm
Motohaba : 2.7cm
Mune kasane : 9.1mm
Engraving : Front Bonji bohi
:Back Bohi soe hi
Gold foil double habaki
wooden case

It has a Japanese calligraphy note on the wooden case by Miyoji Ito.
Registered in 1951 Osaka province

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KOSHIRAE :

The Koshirae is ISSAKU Kanagu and signed and was made during the Edo period, it depicts Bamboo and Bamboo leaves which are a sign of great strength . The Tsuka is bound with leather and the Saya also is finished in the same manner. The Kogai also depicts a piece of Bamboo and above the bamboo leaves with Gold branches. The Condition of the Koshirae, Kogai and Kozuka is wonderful.

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Baron Ito Miyoji

Biography

Itō was born into a local samurai administrator's family in Nagasaki, Hizen Province (present-day Nagasaki Prefecture). From his early days, he showed a mastery of foreign languages. In the new Meiji government he worked as a translation official for Hyōgo Prefecture specializing in English, and was later selected to accompany Itō Hirobumi (no relation) to Europe in 1882 to investigate the constitutions and governmental structures of various European counties, with the aim of creating a constitution for Japan.

After his return to Japan, he assisted Inoue Kowashi and Kaneko Kentarō in drafting the Meiji Constitution, and was subsequently nominated to the House of Peers of the Diet of Japan.

In 1892, he became Chief Cabinet Secretary in Itō Hirobumi's second administration, and in 1898, served as Minister of Agriculture and Commerce under the third Itō administration.

At the same time, Itō Miyoji was also president of the pro-government newspaper, the Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun (the predecessor to the modern Mainichi Shimbun).

From 1899, Itō Miyoji served as a member of the Privy Council. In 1907, he was ennobled with the title of danshaku (baron) under the kazoku peerage system. He was further elevated to hakushaku (count) in 1922.

In his later years, Itō was the bane of civilian government through his consistent and conservative use of the Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun to inflame public opinion. During the Shōwa financial crisis, he brought out the collapse of the administration of Prime Minister Wakatsuki Reijirō through a virulent bad-press campaign. He also strongly criticized Prime Minister Hamaguchi Osachi for signing the London Naval Treaty on arms limitations as infringing on the direct prerogatives of the emperor.

Itō died in 1934. His grave is at Tsukiji Hongan-ji in Tokyo..

TANTO by SEKI NO MAGOROKU KANEMOTO

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TANTO by SEKI NO MAGOROKU KANEMOTO
This is an extremely rare Tanto by the second generation "Magoroku " Kanemoto. His blades are judged SAIJO O WAZAMONO having the greatest of cutting ability and extreme sharpness. His Swords were prominent in the SENGOKU ERA ( SENGOKU JIDAI ) This period of Japanese History was marked by social unrest, political intrigue and constant military conflict making it a very turbulent time in Japanese history. At this period surfaced great sword-smiths amongst them the greatest MURAMASA, SEKI NO MAGOROKU KANEMOTO and IZUMI NO KAMI KANESADA ( NOSADA ). Their blades were known for their extreme sharpness and great cutting ability and were proven in battle.

THE RARITY OF THIS TANTO IS THE CONDITION OF IT, THE LENGTH AND ALSO MOST IMPORTANT IS THE " MEI" SIGNATURE ON THE NAKAGO WHICH HAS BEEN PRESERVED AND CHIZELLED BEAUTIFULLY.

DR. KANZAN SATO USED THIS TANTO FOR THE MEI TO EXEMPLIFY THE FINEST CHARACTARSITICS OF KANEMOTO'S SIGNATURE. ALSO THE FACT THAT THE STYLE OF HAMON ON THIS TANTO IS NOT SANBONSUGI BUT KO NIE DEKI NOTARE HAMON.

MAGOROKU KANEMOTO IS KNOWN FOR HIS SANBONSUGI HAMON (The pattern of three cedars )

THE TANTO COMES WITH A MAGNIFICENT AIKUCHI ISSAKU KANAGU KOSHIRAE FROM THE EDO PERIOD ADORNED WITH THE KIRI MON ( PAULOWNIA ) IN GOLD .

DETAILS OF TANTO :
SAYAGAKI WRITTEN BY TANOBE MICHIHIRO : Mino No Kuni Seki No Magoroku Kanemoto.
The Nakago is Ubu and two Japanese characters on it. Generally he was called Magoroku and was the second generation Kanemoto. Sometimes we can find his gentle Notareba Hamon like in this Tanto. This is really a good example of his work.

ERA : MUROMACHI / DURING AND AFTER THE TAi-EI PERIOD 1521

LENGTH : 27.7 CM

WIDTH AT HAMACHI : 3.0 CM

WIDTH AT KISSAKI : 2.0 CM

KASANE : 5 mm

MEGUKI : 2

NAKAGO : UBU

MEI : NIJI MEI , KANEMOTO

HAMON : KO NIE DEKI NOTARE HAMON

JITETSU : KOITAME HADA AND KOMOKUME HADA WITH JINIE AND SHIRAKE UTSURI

OVERALL CONDITION AND STATE OF PRESERVATION OF TANTO IS PERFECT.

OVERALL CONDITION AND STATE OF PRESERVATION OF KOSHIRAE IS EXCELLENT.

Certification: NBTHK TOKUBETSU HOZON / Juyo candidate.

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