The 1873 model Japanese rare diplomatic corps dress sword with gold bullion knot. The sword of diplomats whose appointments had been personally approved by the Emperor, call'chokunin'. Had a design featuring 7 center flowers and 5 on each side. Has an etched blade and gilded-brass fittings. The Government Seal of Japan, one of the national seals, is an emblem (mon) of paulownia used by the Cabinet and the Government of Japan on official documents.
It is one of various paulownia mon, collectively known as the Paulownia Seals (kirimon) or the Paulownia Flower Seals (tkamon). The 5-7-5 Paulownia go-shichi (no) kiriis used as the official emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.
It resembles a stylized paulownia with 5-7-5 flowers. Before the Chrysanthemum Seal was used extensively, the Paulownia Seal originally was the private symbol of the Japanese Imperial Family, from as early as the twelfth century. The Toyotomi clan, led by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, later adopted the Paulownia Seal for use as the crest of his clan. After the Meiji Restoration, the seal was eventually adopted as the emblem of the Japanese government.3 It is now still mainly used by the Japanese government, as a contrast to the Chrysanthemum Seal which represents the Emperor as the symbol of the sovereignty of the State, and members of the Imperial Family. The item "1873 model Japanese rare diplomatic corps dress sword with gold bullion knot" is in sale since Friday, December 21, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Tsuba". The seller is "ti_li41" and is located in Westerville, Ohio. This item can be shipped worldwide.