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David E. J. Pepin 5/28/1946 - 09/16/2013

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The Japanese sword, more commonly know as the Samurai sword, was a superb weapon. Its unique edge-tempering (compared to the full-blade tempering of the famous Toledo and Damascus swords of Europe) allowed a degree of hardness and razor-sharpness impossible to attain in European swords without danger of brittleness and breakage. The fear and respect which the Japanese warrior and his sword inspired among Oriental foes is recorded in many contemporary accounts. But beyond its quality as a weapon, the Japanese sword is important as one of history's finest expressions of the metal worker's art. Click to read more...

items wanted: Intricate carvings of wood, jade, ivory, or just about anything else. ~~~ Old Nautical ship clocks, Complicated movements, especially fine solid gold pocket watches, repeaters and wrist watches [such as Breitling, Cartier, Patek, & Rolex; old and new alike]. ~~~  Swords, knives, daggers, German items etc. Special paintings. Nice furniture.  ~~~ Antique firearms, US, European, Japanese (such as fine nambu pistols), especially - Colt's, Winchester's. Guns with Enamels and inlays.

US and European swords in Very good condition or presentation, including Bowie knives. ~~~ Any unique items that we have never seen before. Jewels, Chinese pottery, Tiffany lamps. Rare glass. Old Coins or paper currency. Very early Greek and Roman marble.

ART- European, UK, US, Oriental. Paintings, Japanese Wood Block prints, Art glass (Galle & Daum, etc.), Porcelain, Bronze & Marble sculpture, Oriental rugs. ~~~ Scientific Instruments (Clocks, Microscopes, Ship compass, etc.) Rare precious Gems, Baseball memorabilia (I.E. : Presentation items).

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A Masutsugu katana circa 1624-44 AD with 2 body gold inlay cutting test done 1668 w/ NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho certificate

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A 72 cm ~ 28" Mino school katana with koshirae



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A Masutsugu circa 1624-44 AD with 2 body gold inlay cutting test done 1668 w/ NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho certificate

A 72 cm ~ 28" Mino school katana with koshirae

A mu-mei (unsigned) katana w/ koshirae, Attributed to Sawahara Shigetane, Late Edo period, Student of Naotane, Saya-gaki by "Kanzan" (Dr. Sato) with NBTHK Hozon certificate

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Mu-mei Shinto wakizashi

A 72 cm ~ 28" Mino school katana with koshirae

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Yasusada 3 body gold inlay cutting test

Tegarayama Masashige Jo-jo saku Shin-Shinto

Amada Sadayoshi gendaito

Kanemoto with gold inlay cutting test

Kanemoto wakizashi

Sadatsugu wakizashi

Sue-Mihara katana

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A fine nidai (2nd gen) Tadahiro O-Wakizashi in koshirae w/ NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate

A Jumyo wakizashi w/ fine koshirae w/ NBTHK Hozon (blade) & NTHK-NPO (koshirae & tsuba)

A Katana by Kunitomo C- 1596 AD with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate, TANZAN saya-gaki, with Battle damage

A Kazusa Kaneshige Wakizashi with NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho certificate

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