Hirata clan Family Treasure Swords in Storage Box with Honami Koryo Appraisals

Pair of Antique Samurai swords,Treasure swords of the Hirata family Honami Koryo Appraisals, Mounted in Original KoshIrae ,Blades in full Japanese polish.

Certificate Translations

Kiwame-fuda (極札) – Certificate (obverse):
在銘 時代應永
越中國國⾏
正真
⻑サ貮尺参分有之
Signed, around Ōei (1394-1428)
Kuniyuki from Etchū province
Authentic
Blade length ~ 61.5 cm
Kiwame-fuda (極札) – Certificate (obverse):
昭和拾⼄亥年七⽉中浣
本阿弥光瞭 「印」
第参七弐 九◯⼗
Second third of July of Shōwa ten (1935), year of the boar
Honʼami Kōryō + seal
No. 372-910

 

Kiwame-fuda (極札) – Certificate (obverse):
無銘 時代永正
美濃國兼㝎
御相⾒申候
⻑サ壹尺貮⼨壱分有之
Unigned, around Eishō (1504-1521)
Displays the workmanship of:
Kanesada from Mino province
Blade length ~ 36.6 cm
Kiwame-fuda (極札) – Certificate (obverse):
昭和拾⼄亥年七⽉中浣
本阿弥光瞭 「印」
第参七弐 ⼋◯⼗
Second third of July of Shōwa ten (1935), year of the boar
Honʼami Kōryō + seal
No. 372-810

 

Translation Box (outside):
平⽥家寳劔⼤⼩壹組
Daishō pair of treasure swords of the Hirata family.
Box

Translation Box (inside):
⼤⼑
在銘 時代應永 昭和拾⼄亥年七⽉中浣
越中國國⾏作正真 本阿弥光瞭鑑定
⻑サ貮尺参分有之
Long sword
Signed, around Ōei (1394-1428)
Authentic work of Kuniyuki from Etchū province
Blade length ~ 61.5 cm
Appraised by Hon’ami Kōryō
Second third of July of Shōwa ten (1935), year of the boar.
⼩⼑
無銘 時代永正
美濃國兼㝎作 同⼈鑑定
御相⾒申候
⻑サ壹尺貮⼨壱分有之
Short sword
Unigned, around Eishō (1504-1521)
Displays the workmanship of:
Kanesada from Mino province
Blade length ~ 36.6 cm
Appraised by the same person. Hon’ami Kōryō
Second third of July of Shōwa ten (1935), year of the boar.

 

KUNIYUKI (国行),

1st gen., Ōan (応安, 1368-1375), Mino/Echizen – “Esshū-jū Fujiwara Kuniyuki”
(越州住藤原国行), “Esshū-jū Kuniyuki” (越州住国行), “Nōshū-jū Fujiwara Kuniyuki” (濃州住藤原国行), the latter
signature is found on a blade with the date signature of the seventh year of Ōan (応安, 1374) which is published in the
Kōzan Oshigata (光山押形), the signature “Esshū-jū Kuniyuki” is found in other old sword documents in combination
with the date of Jōji four (貞治, 1365), a tradition says that he was a son of a Yamato Senju´in smith who moved later
via a stopover in Mino´s Akasaka (赤坂) to Echizen province, another theory sees him as smith of the Chiyozuru
school, however, the signatures and datings let us assume that the moving took place the other way round than found in
the old sword documents, that is to say from Echizen to Mino, it is also said that the 2nd gen. Kuniyuki worked
permanently in Mino, no tachi are extant by the 1st gen., his tantō are sunnobi, have a wide mihaba, a thin kasane, and some
sori, but we also know tantō with a nagasa of about 27 cm which have a somewhat thicker kasane as seen on contemporary
sunnobi-tantō or hira-zukuri ko-wakizashi of the Nanbokuchō period, the jigane is an itame-nagare mixed with masame, mostly
also with ō-hada, the steel is blackish and ji-nie appears, the hamon is a slightly undulating notare mixed with ko-gunome,
some blades show a relative large and uniform gunome with some notare, in any case nie-laden hataraki like hotsure and/or
sunagashi appear, the bōshi is sugu with yakitsume or has a pointed kaeri, also many hakikake appear in the bōshi area, the
tang is short, bulbous, and has a ha-agari kurijiri, the yasurime on the extant sunnobi-tantō/ko-wakizashi and tantō are kattesagari or slightly slanting sujikai, the tachi that is depicted in the Kōzan Oshigata has kiri to slightly slanting sujikai-yasurime,
wazamono, jō-saku

KUNIYUKI (国行),

2nd gen., Ōei (応永, 1394-1428), Mino – “Kuniyuki” (国行), first name Saemonjirō
(左衛門次郎), Akasaka-Senju´in school, according to tradition the son of the Ōan-era (応安, 1368-1375) Kuniyuki
(国行), it is unclear if there was really a 2nd gen. Kuniyuki or if so, if he was the natural son of the 1st gen. or not
KUNIYUKI (国行), Ōei (応永, 1394-1428), Etchū – “Uda Kuniyuki” (宇多国行), according to tradition the son of
Uda Tomohiro (宇多友弘) and student of Kunihisa (国久), first name Saemonjirō (左衛門次郎)