An Isoroku tanto in mounts with presentation box Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1940

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Lot 401
An Isoroku tanto in mounts with presentation box
Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1940

Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium

Arts of the Samurai

30 Oct 2017, 14:00 EDT

New York

Property of various owners
An Isoroku tanto in mounts with presentation box
Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1940
Hirazukuri, iorimune with a slight curvature and forged in ko-itame with a choji midare tempereed edge tending toward toranba near the tip with clusters of nie and komaru boshi, both sides carved with bohi, the ubu tang with one hole and kessho file marks and inscribed Yamamoto Isoroku so and Ugaki Matome chujo, with a silver one-piece habaki inscribed Gotamawaru, 9in (22.8cm) long; in a wood shirasaya (wood storage scabbard)
With a naval dress-mount koshirae, the gilt-metal hardware carved with cherry florets and leaves
With a presentation box inscribed in gold lacquer Onshi Yamamoto Isoroku Rengo kantai shirei chokan Okuri Ugaki Matome shi and bearing the Imperial seal

Footnotes

  • The inscription on this tanto states that it was presented to Ugaki Matome (1890-1945), Vice-Admiral of the Imperial Navy, from Yamamoto Isoroku (1884-1943), Commander-in-Chief of the combined fleet of the Imperial Navy.

    During World War II, Yamamoto petitioned the Imperial Household Ministry for a sum of money to be presented as a stipend to members of his fleet who had distinguished themselves in battle. However, due to financial hardship brought on by a costly war Yamamoto soon found that the resources were not available. Instead, he was able to commission swordsmiths to forge a group of daggers to be presented in lieu of the stipends.
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An Isoroku tanto in mounts with presentation box Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1940
An Isoroku tanto in mounts with presentation box Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1940
An Isoroku tanto in mounts with presentation box Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1940
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