SOLD - Extremely Rare Tetsu Sabiji 32 Ken Heichozan Samurai Kabuto,
Tetsu sabiji 32 ken heichozan bachi, tetsu go dan kuro urushi nuri ita mono sugake odoshi hineno jikoro.
Mid - Late Edo period, circa 1775-1850.
This rather unique kabuto is one of the very few known examples of a kabuto with undulating exterior plates whcih have had the rivets flatted over on the exterior surface of the hachi, while the interior plates are straight edged.
Overall very good condition.
A very interesting example of a russet iron 32 plate kabuto bachi as is immediately evident by the unique undulating cut of the exterior edge of the individual plates forming the helmet bowl. These have been rivets together with the rivets pounded down on the exterior face of the hachi which is also unique. An ornate four stage tehen-no-kanamono fixture decorates the apex of the helmet. This has been assembled form gold and silver gilded copper segments, as well as red copper and shakudou finished pieces. A three piece copper agemaki-no-kan is fitted to the rear of the hachi. Short shiten-no-byo over odoshi-lacing pulled hibiki-no-ana slightly higher than halfway up the sides of the hachi, indicative of a Myochin school smith. Conventional sanko-no-byo fastened mabizashi visor with a sturdy oharaidate post. Mabizashi lacquered red on the underside as was common practice.
A sugake odoshi go-dan kuro urushi nuri tetsu ita mono hineno jikoro with small fukigaeshi flanges featuring applied gold leaf, or kinpaku oshi kamon crest devices. The shikoro is an original Edo period shikoro
Original stitched crepe silk ukebari liner and dyed doe skin edge band present and in overall very good order. The liner has been torn at the rear of the hack to allow for an examination of the interior of the helmet bowl.