Tanto tantalises bidders at Special Auction Services

Japanese short sword or tanto sold for £3200 at Special Auction Services.

Special Auction Services’ (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale in Newbury on July 9 included a wide selection of edged weapons which was topped by a mid-19th century Japanese short sword or tanto estimated at £200-300.

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Mark Bridge

It had crane and butterfly decoration to the hilt and it was thought that the 14in (36cm) blade and even the scabbard might be later additions but after a total of 56 bids it made it all the way to £3200.