A SUPERB 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD IVORY CASED SAMURAI SWORD exceptionally carved all over with figures within interiors and landscapes, flanked by insects upon an textured ground. 3ft 1ins long.
Full length 'Kinai-Bori' or 'Echizen-Bori' carving on an Echizen katana. It appears to be inscribed with a name: "Sword of the Last Days." The last days were WWII when the Japanese were commanded to carry their swords on them during battle .