Early example which probably served in a Russo-Japanese War of 1904- as well as serving in WWII. Good quality hilt well detailed in deep relief and pierced foliage. Remnants of gilt remaining. The back strap (small edged crack, left) with silver mon of the gentian flower. That mon indicates that the officer was of samurai heritage of the Kazumasa family. See Mon The Japanese Family Crest, Hawley p.12. Wire wrapped black buffalo horn grip. 30 ½”. plated blade of thin section, intended for dress wear only. Fine aristocratic example.