After my mother passed away, I found this sword. I'm trying to get any information on it. It's one-piece, and appears to be brass under all the erosion but I could be wrong about the metal. I think it's oriental but have no basis for thinking that. It's about 19 1/8" long, and a bit past 1 1/2' wide. There are faded markings and some striations on the hilt. I have photos of it but they're too large to upload. I'd be happy to send them to someone. I appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks!
I'd thought about cleaning the sword but decided against it. I played with different photo options and was able to get a good close-up:
This is my first time on this web site, so please excuse my confusion and frustration on how to go about dealing with protocol. My sincere apologies.
In WWII, my dad was stationed in Guam. I'm assuming that is how the sword came into his possession. While I like watching archaeological programs on TV, they aren't very educational. I know next to nothing about swords.
If possible, I would like to sell the sword.
@kimchi Thanks, that's was a great idea. Unfortunately, the letters are either too faded or too shallow as it didn't work.
@dROOOze Thank you so much for all you've done. It took awhile before I understood what you were saying.
As I closely looked at the photo you very graciously provided, I noticed a couple of differences.
- It looks like the "X" has at the bottom a small "" on the left, and a small " /" on the right. I don't know if that changes the translation.
- This one is minor so probably doesn't change anything. The second to last symbol/word on the left side, it flares out more on the left side than the example. Suspect it's a matter of style for the writer but thought I'd mention it.
Would cleaning it help? If so, what do you suggest I use?
Again, I am very grateful for all of your efforts on my behalf.