Several years ago I purchased this Japanese type 32 cavalry sabre at a local "flea market" from a seller of wholly unrelated merchandise. He had this and some sort of rubbish decorator sword hanging up for sale. Had no idea of it's significance. He was unwilling to dicker much on it but I got it for 80$. Pretty nice for the price. Number on sword and scabbard match. Sword exposed parts originally blackened, turned fully brown. Wood grip shows some shrinkage. Blade is quite nice, unsharpened and undamaged. Blade is blued which seems to be unusual in these, blades commonly seen bright, if cared for. Scabbard also blued but turning somewhat brown in areas. Has the often seen dent in the scabbard, I have heard to prevent blade rattling? Good story anyway. Part of the inside of the scabbard has thin wood strips lining to presumably protect sword blade from abrasion or something? They are attached to the removable throat. This item sort of started my random collection of Japanese items. Well perhaps not. I once had a nice set of Jap field phones that I later sold. I buy whatever items strike my fancy at the time, which are affordable.