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    All the same to me Ian!;) Could be a bird -...

    All the same to me Ian!;) Could be a bird - there is what might be the representation of an eye - even a few indentations that might be an allusion to feathers there on the 'shoulder'. The 'head'...
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    The menuki look a bit like one of Hiroshige's...

    The menuki look a bit like one of Hiroshige's waves behind that shell and the fat little fellow might be Hotei, a good luck deity IIRC.

    Or maybe Bodai Daruma, but Hotei is sometimes shown with...
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    Polishing is a skilled art indeed. We make much...

    Polishing is a skilled art indeed. We make much of the Japanese smiths, deservedly I suppose in many cases, but we have "amateur" smiths here in the West who not only forge, but file and polish...
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    No signature of any kind on the tang? If not,...

    No signature of any kind on the tang?

    If not, I would guess that the quality might indicate a sword made for the tourist/export trade before WWII. Such pieces were of course only made "good...
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