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Shogun Oriental Arts

Ratings

Item Rating System

This is a letter rating system (A through D) for the items on our website. This is to give an overall base as to the condition, quality, and the value based on each individual price of the item. These ratings are the opinion of Shogun Oriental Arts based on our experience and research.

A + sign may be used after any letter to note exceptional items of value (for example: Imperial Household porcelain, very high ranked sword smiths, exceptional cloisonné done by masters, or pristine limited edition prints).



A Top end items with little to no flaws or defects. Item is in excellent condition with quality to match. Excellent value for the price.



B Minor defects or flaws not detracting from value. Overall great condition and quality.

Examples: Minor surface scratches or light surface rust on swords and fittings; very light toning or fading on woodblock prints; firing cracks or tiny chips in porcelain or pottery.




CModerate amount of flaws or defects which may lower the value of the item. Overall condition very good.

Examples: Large pits, few small edge chips, deep scratches, deep rust, in need of polish, or bent/broken tip on swords; dark toning, moderate faded color, rips or holes in image of woodblock prints; body cracks or repairs on porcelain and pottery.




DMany flaws or few major flaws which detract from the value of the item. Overall condition is good but with obvious deficiencies. Great item for beginning collectors.

Examples: Many or large chips on edge of blade, large amounts of deep rust, numerous deep scratches, in great need of a polish on swords; very dark toning, heavily faded color, water damage, large tears or many holes in image of woodblock print; porcelain or pottery that has been completely broken and repaired or item with large body cracks or pieces missing.


Certificates of Authenticity
We will issue a Certificate of Authenticity by request for any of our items. Many of our higher value items will come with a CoA to help you better understand the value of your items and to help for future resale if needed.