Proto-Military Sword : Seki- Mino School, circa 1890
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.
Field Officer's Backstrap Design