We owned this back in 2011 and bought it back, so I will use our old description. If you are ever looking at selling something that you’ve bought from us please contact us as they aren’t making any more of these things!
”This is the 1886 patterned Army Officer's Parade Saber with a fully decorated back strap with the kadosakura (5 petal cherry blossom) and leaves. This means it was authorized to be carried by a field grade (Major or Colonel) officer. The 1886 pattern for a field grade officer is rarely encountered. Although identified as the 1886 pattern, these were continually manufactured well into the World War II era (1940s). The hilt consists of a blackened hardwood grip wrapped in brass wire, (a few strands are broke) with the standard type of pierced brass D-guard consisting of two “panels”, with two kadosakura in one panel and only one in the other and is nicely patinaed. The blade is the standard shape with a long fuller or groove, chrome plated with a false, acid etched temper line and cutting edge. The leather buffer pad remains in position. The scabbard is the standard chrome/nickel plated with a single suspension ring. There is some minor loss of the chrome plating on the scabbard some small hits and dents as well as some minor oxidation and wear.”
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