The gift of choice objects from the collection represents a significant addition to the museums holdings of japanese arms and armor which are the most comprehensive of their kind outside of japan on view at the met fifth avenue in armor gusoku edo period seventeenth century with modern restorations. Bonhams are auctioning a collection of japanese arms and armor and for those like me who are interested in japan and her history there are a large number of items that would be desirable additions to a collection or stand alone items that people might just want to own for their own sake. The japanese arms and armor gallery at the george walter vincent smith art museum has sparked the imagination of countless youngsters in the past 100 years smith collected arms and armor from throughout the world india persia europe the south pacific but his collection of nearly 500 examples of japanese arms and armor is the most extensive. Samurai arms and equipment are widely recognized as masterpieces in steel silk and lacquer this extensively illustrated volume includes the finest examples of swords sword mountings and fittings armor and helmets saddles banners and paintings from japanese collections
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