I recently received an unsolicited e-mail from a Pawel Nowak, whose e-mail address is Golden_Treasure_4@hotmail.com
. Mr. Nowak claimed to have an 18th-century katana for sale. When I asked him for more details, he sent me several photos, along with the following text
I have found your address surfing on the Internet. The blade (Blade Length: 28.75 inches Nakago: 7.25 inches .7 mm thick 30 mm wide) I am talking about I have got from one man, Mr. Milakow from California. That was a few years ago. His grandfather was an American officer who served in the US Army during the WWII on Pacific. He was a POW and after the war, he got the sword from one of the Japanese officers. The sword has a WWII wear but the blade, according to the swordsman is from the first part of the XVIII century. If you look at the signs on the blade you will see I am wright. I have a Custom Declaration which prove the that is an ntique, genuine Japanese sword. The declaration shows the value of 750$.
I am not a collector. I am an archivist who has an interest in Maritime History. I live in Poland. I am just before my next research trip to Spain and I am looking for the additional funds. So, I could sell it for the fee of $400. If you think you could have any interest in such sword, please let me know. I could also send my ID Passport and references and credentials I have got in Spanish and English archives to show you that I am a honest man.
Even assuming that all is as Mr. Nowak says, I am not going to attempt to make this purchase. There are too many things that could go wrong.
It's also possible that this is a scam. After all, $400 for an 18th-century signed 29-inch blade in good condition is a great price --- maybe too good to be true.
Did anyone else receive this message? I will be happy to forward the pictures to anyone who is interested.