WW2 PACIFIC CAMPAIGN IWO JIMA CAPTURED JAPANESE SAMURAI TACHI SWORD WITH SCABBARD.
Guns International #: 101507939 Seller's Inventory #: 26420
Category: Edged Weapons Post 1900 - Military Collectible U.S.
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Seller: David Condon, Inc.
Company: David Condon, Inc.
Member Since: 9/24/08
First Name: Britton
Last Name: Condon
Country: United States
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WW2 PACIFIC CAMPAIGN IWO JIMA CAPTURED JAPANESE SAMURAI TACHI SWORD WITH SCABBARD. Circa 16th Century sword measuring 40” overall with 30” blade having a pronounced wavy temper line. 7” unsigned tang with three holes-two of which are filled with lead. Tsuba, fuchi-kashira and menuki are gold inlaid with aristocratic family “Mon” (crest). Later WW2 era partial woven cloth grip wrap over ray skin grip panels. Lacquered wooden tachi scabbard with matching drag mount also decorated en suite with family gold “Mon”. Good condition overall with the tang shortened and the open hole in current use added. The tang has also been cleaned and the maker’s signature possibly removed leaving no trace or remnant of same. Blade with one spot of surface rust on one side 10” from the tsuba and another on the back of the blade 12” from the point and some minor frosting. Otherwise the blade retains much of the polish. Scabbard lacquer with loss particularly at the back edge and with two cloth wrappings securing the scabbard at mid point and at the drag. With family provenance to U.S.M.C. Major Frederick J. Karch, Operations Officer 14th Marine Artillery Regiment, 4th Marine Division and accompanied by a letter of attestation from his daughter stating that “He picked up this sword on the beach at Iwo Jima”. Marine Corps OCS class of 1940 Frederick J. Karch rose to the rank of Brigadier General retiring from active duty in June, 1967.