Japanese Samurai Warrior Doll -
Japan excels in many arts, among them is the art of doll making. The doll shown in
this page is a fine example of it. The author does not know very much about the doll.
It was purchased from a gentlemen who claimed to have traveled for the US Army all over
the South Pacific after the end of the war. In his travels he picked up several dolls,
this one being one of them.
The level of detail of the head and the helmet are quite good. The helmet is composed
of a series of plates attached by threads. this is very much the same way in which the real
life helmets were constructed. Notice how the front of the helmet uses the cherry blosom type
flowers whose use carried over to the japanese army during WWII.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for Japanese WWII field gear.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point
out specific points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Japanese gear worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the WWII gear is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the items in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The bow and sword are key elements of a Samurai warrior. The pictures above provide a close
look at both of them. The level of detail in the armor and arrows is very intricate.
The horse also displays a great deal of workmanship. The wire mesh used to sculpt the body and
head is begining to show up. The use of the color orange is very extensive in both the warrior and
the horse. This color was also employed heavily in the full size armor
Many WWII Japanese field gear items are currently
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other WWII Japanese items, you can do so by going
to our WWII Japanese Collectibles
identification guide, where we discussed items from different groups and organizations.