Samurai armor from the Hirano clan
This Japanese armor of tosei gusoku type brings the coat of arms (kamon) with fish scale (uruko) design used by the Hirano clan, daimyō of Tawaramoto in Yamato province. The twelve-plates kabuto (helmet)
The cuirass (dō) is of mogami type, with large hinged plates, and bears on front a silk tsurobashiri, a very unusual decoration for an Edo period suit or armor: the use of this textile or leather covering was, in fact, popular on medieval samurai armor of ō-yoroi type, where it was functional to let the bow’s string slip without getting caught between the armour’s scales. A rare chain-mail reinforced vest (manchira) is fitted under the cuirass as an additional protection.
A notable feature of this Japanese armor is the use of byakudan lacquer on most of its surface, an expensive finish found only on high-end suits of armor. This rare lacquering is obtained covering a gold lacquered surface with a transparent layer of red lacquer which lets the underneath precious metal shine through.
This samurai armor is originally Japanese and for sale, in excellent condition. It is a collector’s item and not a reproduction.