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Updated: 4 Oct 2022

Antique early Edo Period Do for Samurai Armor
Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo


Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo Certificate, Do (cuirass), Armor Stand, Full Exportation Support

Not Included:
Storage Box

Delivery Date:
1.0-1.5 month after you place an order
*There might be delay in shipment depending on countries

Size (approx.):

Vertical Width Height
25 cm 35 cm 65 cm

*The size refers to when you display the armor on the box*1 inch=2.54cm

More photos& videos available on request. Please feel free to contact us. 

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Antique early Edo Period Do for Samurai Armor with Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo Cetificate

Period: early Edo Period (appraised by The Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor)

 This item is the Do (胴, cuirass). In a time of war, guns and spears appeared on the battlefields where Naginata (薙刀, pole weapon) and bows and arrows were the primary weapons. In that tendency, it was necessary to create a stronger cuirass than conventional ones in order to protect the body from the attacks of such highly penetrating weapons. Until then, the mainstream structure was made up of Kozanes (小札, small iron or leather plate) joined together. However, a new type of cuirass was invented following the demands of the times. This type of cuirass is called the Itamono Do (板物胴) and is composed of large iron plates. Since it has an inadequately flexible structure, iron plates could be split and connected with hinges. Mass production became more accessible as the manufacturing process was simplified compared to the work of pasting together many small plates. It makes sense that this simple and sturdy type of armor became mainstream when bottles were escalating.

 The Kusazuri (草摺, a skirt of plates attached to a cuirass) parts are tied with purple threads. Six pieces are connected to the cuirass. You see that a letter is designed on this cuirass. It is a kind of Bonji (梵字, Sanskrit); however, we are unsure about the meaning of this character. In the Edo period, some Samurai favored designing religious symbols to show their beliefs. We estimate this Bonji is possibly related to one of these ideas.  

 *As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition. Also, please note that the storage box is NOT INCLUDED in this item. The blue box in the pictures is an example of displaying. If you like to purchase an antique Samurai helmet along with this Do and Sode, please check here.


Certification: Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo Certificate (No. 1965)

 The certificate was issued by The Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor, which is the most trusted Japanese armor appraiser in Japan. Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo means an especially precious cultural article. It is ranked as the third highest of five rankings. 

 This Do was authenticated on May 22nd 2022 as Tokubetsu Kicho Shiryo and the paper mentions it was made in the early Edo period.

An English translation of the certificate is available on request. We won’t charge any additional fee.

【About us】
 Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.

【Payment method】
 We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. Also, you don’t need to make an account on Stripe for the checkout. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, CAD, EUR, CHF or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate. 

【Shipping duration】
 We normally ship via EMS (Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. It usually takes at least 5-14 days to deliver the package after you place an order. We will use DHL instead for those who ordered from Canada or Australia as EMS temporarily stops shipping to these countries due to COVID-19. We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can ship your order by either EMS or DHL (Australia, Canada only). If you prefer other shipping carriers, please contact us.  

 We will inform you of the order’s tracking number via email. Please make sure you fill out your valid email address correctly. 

*Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there might be possible delays in delivery. If you like to make sure if EMS shipping is available to your country, please contact us.

【How to make sure the condition】
 Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of a sword. and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.

【How To Contact Us】
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【How To Preserve Antique Samurai Armor】
Dryness, humidity, and bad ventilation might deteriorate the condition of antique Samurai armor. The best temperature to preserve Samurai armor is around 20℃ in Celsius, and humidity should be about 60%.  Direct sunlight should be avoided. We recommend storing armors in a room with good ventilation. If you like to display them outside the boxes for a prolonged time, we suggest using a glass case in order for dust not to be accumulated easily. In case you don’t use a glass case, please make sure to regularly dust off  from the armor by using a soft brush made of delicate cloth or brush for painting.

If you like to know more about the preservation of this armor, please feel free to contact us.

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