Up for sale is Japanese Pattern 1899 NCO Cavalry Sword Type 32 which was used from the Russo-Japan War of 1905 until the World War II Era. This sword was brought home by an American G.I. who acquired it during his service in WWII and brought it home. The blade is the standard Japanese military grade steel, machine made blade with serial numbers on the ricasso. The blade measures 30 1/2 inches in length and remains in very good condition with little pitting or rust. It is heavy, very sharp and has a long, wide fuller running the total length of the blade. The blade is in amazing condition, quite beautiful and our pictures do not it justice.
There are the expected arsenal stamps on the guard. The central mark on the guard indicates that the sword was made at the Tokyo Armory sometime between 1892 and 1936. We are not experts and cannot tell what the other marks indicate (see photos).
The leather finger loop on the inside of the guard has been removed. Checkered grip is in excellent shape.. No dents on the scabbard, only light rust in spots. The scabbard is steel with a single suspension ring.
These are very commonly mislabeled as 1886 cavalry trooper’s sabers (as found in Fuller and Gregory’s Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945). Recent research has shown this to be erroneous
Overall measuring 37 inches in length. Shows age and some discoloration as you would expect on a sword of this vintage. Everything firm, no looseness, plus the scabbard locking mechanism complete and working. Overall, very good example of original Early Japanese Sword.