Lot 30465Q View Catalog
Four very rare antique Edo period 1600 - 1868 Japanese Samurai Sword documents produced by the "Honami " family, who appraised Japanese samurai swords for the Shogun. For more than five hundred years, various members of this family have judged swords, the signatures on them, and produced documents of authenticity in much the same way as the modern day NTBHK or NTHK samurai sword Shinsa documents. Only the Honami family of the Edo period were known to judge swords without signatures and identify faultlessly makers names from the Hamon, Hada, and other important features on swords. Three of the documents are in very, very fine condition, one has some wormage. All are hand written in the old script and bear the Honami family signatures. Documents have folders and date from around 1675 through to about 1780. The oldest document details all of the swords' fittings & the value of the sword to be 75,000 gold pieces.