Rare Japanese diplomatic court sword. Made for a civil service senior rank diplomat, appointed by the decree of the emperor. Gilded brass hilt, narrow double-edged blade with engravings. Black polished wooden scabbard with gilded brass locket and chape mounts.
Overall, 31 inches; blade, 23 5/8 inches. They were wornby high ranking army officers for full dress events. The basic army design is the same as the Japanese diplomatic sword. The Army court swords have a dragonfly on the pommel. Some styles have a sunburst on the clam shell guard, others have a paulonia mon or the Imperial kiku (chrysanthemum) mon on the clam shell guard.
They were issued only to field grade and general grade officers. The diplomatic swords were for consular grade diplomates. The blades are narrow, straight, double edged with floral engraving. The hilt and scabbard fittings are gilded brass. The scabbards are black polished leather with gilded brass throat and toe mounts.There are several variations in both the Army swords and the diplomatic swords. The item "Very rare Imperial Japan high ranking diplomat sword, Meiji period1868-1912" is in sale since Thursday, April 23, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Swords". The seller is "zilvra10" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.