A WWll Imperial Japanese Army Air Force Airman / pilot's summer flying helmet / hat and portrait. The large photo portrait ( 9" x 11 1/2") is of an unknown army airman wearing a two piece type summer flying suit, helmet and goggles. The three star collar tabs indicate that his rank is most likely Sergeant Major.The summer flying helmet is of typical light tan leather with IJAAF orange star on the front. Chin strap and rear adjustment strap show signs of use. Helmet features full arsenal markings and stamps on the inner right ear 'cup' (see photo). Item is misshapen after being stored flat for almost half a century. There are aviation fuel / oil stains and odor on the left hand side of the hat showing clear use of the helmet in action. Dimensions: 13" x 10" (flat) excluding chinstrap. Both items came from an estate sale of a WW2 veteran. Two excellent items of WW2 IJAAF aviation history not to be missed.
An Imperial Japanese Navy Officer's Full Dress Fore and Aft hat dating from the early 20th century right up to and including WW2. Still in its original storage case, this hat has been in storage for half a century. The two rings of bullion running over the rosette signify that this hat belonged to the rank of Field Officer. Originally modeled on British design, the makers crest on the underside features crowns and stags. The liner is leather with red silk interior. Overall condition is good considering age with misshapen tarnished bullion and loss of surface along edge. Dimensions: 15" x 6" x 6". An excellent addition to any display of WW2 Japanese Navy items.
A WWll issue Imperial Japanese Army Officer's set of Shin Gunto sword mounts or Koshirae. The set come complete with a distinctive brown combat cover. Judging by the amount of wear on the ring holder (see photo) this set of mounts saw many years of service in the field. Overall condition is fair with no seppa and broken leather securing strap, however, will accommmodate a late war blade easily. Overall length is 38". An excellent display item to complete any WW2 Japanese Army display.
A late WW2 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto sword with 'filler' blade (blunt dummy, not original and only to keep the fittings together). This type of sword was favored by the Special Naval Landing Forces, the Japanese equivalent of the Marines (but not exclusively). This is a heavy sword with steel scabbard. Near the tsuba is scratched the officer's surname and the city name Himeji. There are two mekugi ana on the tsuka. From wear on the saya, it appears that this sword has seen some action in the field. The blade is held in place by a clasp. Overall condition is good with all original seppas in place. Total length: 39". An excellent piece to complete any display of WWll Japanese Army items.
A late WWll issue Imperial Japanese Army Officer's set of Shin Gunto sword mounts or Koshirae. The set come complete with a custom made tsunagi that was probably made at the end of the war when the blade was surrendered to Allied Forces. Other typical late war issue features include the simple sarute, leather fastening strip and what looks like a pigskin combat cover. Overall condition is good and will accommmodate a late war blade easily. Overall length is 37 1/2". An excellent display item to complete any WW2 Japanese Army display.