malformalady: A rapier, manufactured in the mid-19th century by the technology of the old masters as a gift to one high-ranking person. Such exceptionally flexible rapiers were made in Toledo in the beginning of 17th century. They were sold in gun shops and coiled in a circle to show its flexible properties.
Tateage Do Tosei Gusoku. Mid Edo Period. Sixty-two-plate black-lacquered suji bachi kabuto signed Odawara Ju Yoshitsugu, a red-and-gold-lacquered oni maedate, the shikoro of Hineno style. A fine russet-iron tateage ni mai do the joints in the plates overlaid by shaped plates in the style generally recognized as Namban the muna ita and lower two plates separately laced on, the muna ita decorated with a dragon the waki ita and oshitsuke no ita with waves in silver nunome.