Post by worldantiques on Nov 27, 2014 5:28:16 GMT -5
Some information on Kaga armor by Ian Bottomley.
Kaga was a province roughly opposite Edo on the West coast. Maeda Toshiie was born near Nagoya and served under Oda Nobunaga and later under Shibata Katsuie, being eventually granted a Han in Kaga / Noto provinces. Following Oda Nobunaga's assassination, Shibata and Maeda fought Hideyoshi at Shizu ga Take in 1583 and were defeated, Maeda joining Hideyoshi and becoming one of his best generals.
On Hideyoshi's death, Maeda Toshiie became one of the five guardians of Toyotomi Hideyori at Osaka Castle. Toshiie died in 1599 and was succeeded by his son Toshinaga. He sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu at Seki ga Hara, gaining his brother's lands in Noto (215000 koku) and built his castle in Kanazawa. He then controlled 1,250,000 koku involving Kaga, Noto and Etchu. Having no children, Toshinaga adopted his brother Toshitsune as his heir and married a daughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Despite this he was designated a Tozama Daimiyo, possibly because his wealth was second only to the Tokugawa.
Armour making in Kanazawa seems to have started in 1623 when Haruta Katsumitsu moved there at the request of Maeda Toshitsune. There then followed a succession of Haruta smiths which included Unkai Mitsunao who died in 1708. The Miochin moved in about 1790 followed by others such as the Iwai. That seems to be the background.