Hi everyone, this is my first post. Glad to have found you all.
After a year of negotiating a price, I was able to purchase this sword and prayer flag yestarday from a guy I work with. His uncle brought it back from the Pacific, though he doesn't know exactly where. It had been in his family since the end of the war. I don't mind telling what I paid...I will never sell it, so it's worth the amount to me no matter what it's actually worth. I paid $600 U.S. dollars total for both items. Anyone who can help with the date and signature information on the tang please help. Anyone who can estimate the value, feel free to let me know how I did. Thanks so much.
I dusted the writing in some of the photos with flour so the writing would show up better.
The prayer flag has already been translated, as shown in one of the attached photos. It is made of silk and is about 36" X 27" and still has the leather corners attached.