(scabbard and sword knot)
whole description : CONTROL
hilt form : long hilt with Western-style mounts in gilt brass. Ornate cap-piece pommel, back adorned with engraved cherry blossom, being the very slightly downturned extension of the extremely long eared brass backstrap. The backpiece and ferrule have a "nanako" ground and each earpiece is embellished with cherry blossom. A small ornate press stud, in the form of a cherry blossom, is fitted at right side of fuchi. The stud operates the scabbard catch which passes through the guard and projects above the left side of the habaki. Long ribbed grip in dark, almost black, "same" bound with gilt wire. Small handguard the outer section of which, like WEA /1310, is decoratively pierced and adorned with cherry blossom and foliate motifs. The inner guard is well turned down. The guard narrows as it curves away from blade to form long slender knucklebow which splits as it meets the pommel creating a small sword knot slit. Top of crossguard is fashioned into a small swept forward scroll finial
blade form : traditional tachi-style blade having a long deep and narrow fuller formed on each side. Base of blade is enclosed by gilt brass habaki adorned with incised diagonal lines
Association - service: decoration restricted to back of pommel suggests that the sword was owned by a "company officer Identification: formerly identified as as "Japanese naval sword of thekyu-gunto pattern""