I thank you for your information. I just wanted to comment on the term. I
recieved the term for a Laurel with an MA in Japanese history. I do know
that the term Datemono refers to the crest worn on the forhead of the
helmet. Just wanted to get the correct information out there. I don't want
this to sound as an attack. Again thank you for your information on the
Ashina no Karasu
From: Solveig Throndardottir <nostrand@...
Subject: Re: [SCA-JML] Datemono
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 01:03:42 -0500
Greetings from Solveig!
> Are the datemono (helmet crests) on the kabuto associated with
> either a
> title, rank and/or family? Also, if so, what would be the
> stipulation on
> the datemono?
I doubt that you have the correct term there. Generally speaking,
there is no particular relationship between helmet crests and the
other heraldry used by the wearer. I believe that you are asking
about the actual crests immediately above the forehead and not simply
weapon catching appendages of various sorts. As for you actual
question, actual helmet crests appear to be the province of very high
ranking generals. There is of course an exception to this in the form
of certain helmets worn by police and similar units during the Edo
period where there is a crest painted on the upturned front of a
helmet which always reminds me of a doughboy helmet.
Your Humble Servant
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