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Important WWII Archive of Major John E. Murray, Including Captured Japanese Officer's Swords and Flag Accompanied by Documents and Original Shipping Crate

Major John E. Murray served in the United States Army as Assistant Director

26.75" blade with yahazu midare hamon.  Nakago with one mekugi-ana and takanoha yasurime.  Seki Arsenal stamp with seven-charcter signature "Kanenaga(?)".

26.25" blade with suguha hamonNakago with one mekugi-ana and kesho yasurimeNakago shows zodialogical "Showa mizunoe uma haru" (1942) date.  Seven-character signature "Kowa Isshin Mantatsu Kin saku".  These swords were produced by the Manchurian Railway Company after numerous experiments conducted by the Japanese to produce a more durable military sword that would perform more reliably in cold temperatures.

Condition:

Swords are in medium state of polish with no major discernible flaws.  Some minor oxidation and light rust present.

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,400
12/08/2020

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