A Fabulous WW2 Officers Ancestral Sword For A Prestigous Clan Member Of The Toyatomi Clan
This is a stunningly presented beautiful ancestral officer's sword, in its later mounted Shingunto senior officer's mounts, and, complete with its blade's wooden bespoke storage mount [called a shirasaya]. Its final WW2 military mounting that the blade was fitted within, was bespoke amde for its last high ranking Japanese family owner serving his emperor, as a senior officer in the IJA in WW2. The blade is bearing the engraved name of Master Swordsmith, Hoki no kami Taira Ason Masayoshi. This antique ancestral bladed sword that was mounted for a superior officer who served in WW2, bearing his clan mon, a mon that is based upon the old pawlonia flower clan mon of the Great Toyotomi clan, the Goshichi no Kiri mon, meaning "Five Seven Paulownia", in silver on the hilt. However, this antique samurai blade, made in the 8th year in the reign of the Emperor Kansei, bears the name of a most prestigious maker, who ranks among the very best Japanese master sword smiths seen in Europe today. One of the two Master Shinshinto smiths of Satsuma. His blades have attained some of the highest recognition by shinsa Japanese sword expert appraisal committee, and can be extremely valuable indeed if by the master himself. This is a perfect opportunity to 'potentially' obtain one of this highest ranking shinto smith's 'school or pupil's swords' that can be seen outside of Japan. A master smith, personally ranked in Hawley at 75 points. The very highest grade over 75 points never or very rarely ever leave Japan. Masayoshi was born in 1733. According to Fred Weissberg; "He was the son of the second generation Masayoshi (the character for "Yoshi" is different). Masayoshi's family name was Ichiji and he had three first names, Jiemon, Kakazo, and Shoei. Masayoshi was employed by the Satsuma clan and used the inscription, "Satsuma Kanko", in his signature in 1793. This means official smith of the Satsuma clan.
He received the title, "Hoki no Kami", at the same time as the other famous Satsuma smith, Motohira. From that time on, Masayoshi changed the character, "Yoshi", used in his name to another character with the same pronunciation. The last dated blades made by this smith were made in Bunka 14 (1817). He died in 1818 at the age of 86.
Masayoshi was one of the two master smiths of Satsuma in Shinshinto times. It is said that more than forty students studied under him. The school includes his son, Masakuni, and Yoshimoto. In this school the characters, "Yoshi"or "Masa" are commonly used by students as part of their smith names. Originally the paulownia crest was the coat of arms used by the Emperor family. That imperial government…, the Meiji era at that time used up paulownia crests, and the customs continue to this day. This clan mon was of Toyotomi Hideyoshi ( March 17, 1537 – September 18, 1598) who was a preeminent daimyo, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period who is regarded as Japan's second "great unifier". He succeeded his former liege lord, Oda Nobunaga, and brought an end to the Sengoku period. The period of his rule is often called the Momoyama period, named after Hideyoshi's castle. After his death, his young son Hideyori was displaced by Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Hideyoshi is noted for a number of cultural legacies, including the restriction that only members of the samurai class could bear arms. He financed the construction, restoration and rebuilding of many temples standing today in Kyoto.
He is also known for ordering the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–1598).
When the Western army of Toyotomi was defeated in the Battle of Sekigahara , many of the Toyotomi family and retainers were relegated to Satsuma and Choshu. The mon was later adopted by the Imperial Japanese Government mon. 38 inches long overall in shira saya, blade 27.5 inches long. Out of interest, a blade officially confirmed by Japanese shinsa as actually by Hoki no kami Taira Ason Masayoshi are now selling in Japan from £15,000 to £20,000, thus we are certainly not stating it is by the master personally, but possibly by his school or maybe pupil, but it is an interesting point.