Mounted court sword

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Postcard of Mounted court sword.
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Mounted court sword

This sword is mounted in the formal way for a sword worn at court slung from the belt. The scabbard is decorated with a family crest of three asarum leaves associated with the Tokugawa shogunate which ruled during the Edo period (1600-1868).

This sword has fine quality metal mounts of shakudo, a raven black coloured copper alloy mixed with a little gold. The ground is decorated in nanako, a fish roe punched pattern typical of this formal mounting encrusted with gold designs of 3 asarum leaves.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-288-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1895.293 A
Date: 19th century
19th century
Dimensions: 40.00" L
What: Scabbard, sword, court
Sword, court
Subject: Weapons / swords and daggers
Weapons / swords and daggers
Who: John Richard Davidson, Barrister, Middle Temple (Recipient, donor's son)
John Richard Davidson, barrister, Middle Temple (Recipient, donor's son)
Tokugawa Shogunate (Badge on sword)
Tokugawa Shogunate (Badge on sword)
Where: Japan
Description: Court sword, with steel blade, and egg-roe shakudo hilt mounts encrusted with leaves or the badge of Tokugawa Shogunate, given to J.R. Davidson by the Japanese government: Japan, 19th century
Court sword scabbard, decorated in gold lacquer with the three asarum leaves or badge of the Tokugawa Shogunate, presented to J.R. Davidson by the Japanese Government: Japan, 19th century
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