Japanese wwii officers sword

Jun 16, 2020. 19:43 UTC
Japanese WWII Officers Sword
William
United States of America

Category
Antique swords

Acquired from
Inherited

For sale
Yes
Description

Blade 27" long, shark bone (I believe) handle 11" long. My father was in the early occupation forces in japan in 1945 in Sendai. He was there a while, an officer (1st Lt) and quite the straight arrow, so eventually he ended up as an MP armed with a sidearm that escorted the whiskey and payroll on the train each week to and from Sendai to Tokyo or somewhere like that). At some point he befriended some Japanese and they gave him the swords. We know nothing else about them, I have had them for years and they need to go to a good home.

Provenance

It came straight from Japan via US Army after WWII with my Dad. No idea of previous history, but it's documented that he was there as he was an active duty US Army officer.

Answered within 3 days
Jun 19, 11:31 UTC
By Georg

Fair Market Value

$700 - $1,000 USD

Insurance Value

$1,700 USD
What does this mean?

Dear William,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.

The presented object appears to be a Japanese WW II period officers sword. After the capitulation, many of these swords which were a part of the regular uniform of officers of the Imperial Japanese Army came into the possession of US soldiers. Sometimes the swords have older blades.
This piece is in good to medium condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 700 to 1000 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.

With kind regards,
Georg

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