Army Kyu-Gunto
Proto-Military Sword : Seki- Mino School, circa 1890
Field Officer's  Sword
  Kyu-Gunto Grip
Kyu-gunto or proto-military Army Officer's sword with rank distinction of nearly fully engraved
backstrap.  This decoration represents a Field Officer above the rank of Major and below General.
Hilt is gilt-finished brass with small pierced guard of sakura (cherry blossom) design.  Metal scabbard
is nickel plated with two hangers.  Blade length is 27 3/4" with and overall lenght of 34 1/8" long.
Unsigned (mumei).
Field Officer's Backstrap Design