A tachi do tosei gusoku armour
The armour and the helmet signed Nagamichi, mid Edo Period, late 17th to early 18th century
A good sixty-two-plate russet-iron hoshi bachi signed Nagamichi on the inside of the front plate, mounted with a six-stage mixed-metal tehen kanamono, on the front a maedate of a kuwagata dai and kuwagata with a modern dragon to the rear a Hineno jikoro, russet-iron menpo with hair moustache and silver teeth, chu sode, and oda gote, a ni mai tachi do, kawara haidate with the mon in silver lacquer and shino suneate, constructed overall using black-lacquered hon kozane and laced in dark blue kebiki odoshi, the fabric a dark green brocade with the mon in gold, lavishly mounted in shakudo with the katabami mon on fukigaeshi, sode, tekko and do; with two armour boxes, one with a leather cover, one associated nodowa and a wood stand. Armour boxes 39cm x 40cm x 54cm (15 3/8in x 15¼in x 21¼in); 40cm x 40cm x 55cm (15¼in x 15¼in x 21¼in).
- Please note that only the helmet is signed by Nagamichi and the rest of the armour is unsigned.