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Updated: 13 Jun 2024

Antique Samurai Helmet
Jingasa (KT-24)


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INCLUDED: Jingasa, Export support

*The stand is not included. If you like to purchase a stand for this Jingasa, please feel free to contact us.

Vertical Width Height Weight
32cm 33cm 19cm  0.5kg

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

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Antique Samurai Helmet Jingasa

Period: estimated Mid-Late Edo Period 

Prime Material: estimated Wood 

 We classify this item as a type of the Jingasa (陣笠). It is usually made from metal or leather, and Ashigaru (足軽, infantry) and low-ranked soldiers wore it. They substituted it for Kabutos (兜, Samurai helmet). Since the tactics of placing infantry on the front lines became the mainstream, it was a primary matter of how the infantry gained high mobility. Therefore, they wore simple armor with minimal functionality to protect themselves, unlike the luxurious armor of high-ranked Samurai warriors. Crests or marks were drawn on the front of the Jingasa to make it a sign for judging each affiliation.

 In the Edo period, people finally welcomed the times of peace. There was a growing trend towards decorative enjoyment, such as designing weapons and armors or how to wear them. Of course, the Jingasa was also included in this tide. Samurai warriors started using Jingasas as a tool to show the wearer’s identity and family, not as a protective gear for the head. Considering its relatively good condition, we think this Jingasa is also one of these Jingasas. Even the inside is lacquered gorgeously, and the front has a beautiful curved shape. Jingasas, which were produced in that period, have artistic and stylish beauty. A theory says that high-ranked Samurai warriors enjoyed wearing these Jingasas when they went out for business, and even some of them changed Jingasas, adopting it to seasons. We hope you enjoyed the history of the Jingasa and would be attracted to the charm of this work.

 Please focus on the front and the backside of this Jingasa. You would find a golden crest is designed on each side. This crest is categorized as the Sujikai Mon (直違文) and is called the Niwa Sujikai Mon (丹羽直違文). Its design comes from the shape of Sangi (算木, tool for calculation) and Ki (木, wood). It is an X-shaped crest made by intersecting two straight lines and is also called the Chigai Bou (違い棒) or Nihon Bashi Uchi Chigai (二本箸打ち違い). Niwa Nagahide (丹羽 長秀, 1535-1585) used this family crest. He served the famous Oda Nobunaga (織田 信長, 1534-1582) and supported his efforts to unify the world. He was one of Nobunaga’s vassals who played an important role. We are unsure whether his subordinates used this Jingasa or not. Please enjoy considering this as just one of the possibilities.

 A small piece of paper with letters written on Kanji (漢字, a type of Japanese character) is pasted inside this Jingasa. It is written as 拾壱s were produced in large numbers with the same design, so numbering them might have made it easier to identify who belonged to these Jingasas.

【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. After confirming your payment, we will apply for an export permit. 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 ship via EMS (Japanese Postal Service). It normally takes at least 5-14 days to receive any packages after you place an order. It might take longer depending on the season or custom clearance. We will inform your order’s tracking number via email.

*Please keep in mind there is possible delay expected in delivery with EMS in some countries due to the pandemic in the world. We offer free shipping only when we can ship by EMS. 

【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/Helmets】
Dryness, humidity, and bad ventilation might deteriorate the condition of antique Samurai armor/helmet. The best temperature to preserve Samurai armor/helmet is around 20℃ in Celsius, and humidity should be about 60%.  Direct sunlight should be avoided. We recommend storing armors/helmets 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/helmets 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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