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Rare one of a kind Tsuba

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A desirable and exceptionally rare one of a kind Tsuba Signed : Umetada Shichizaemon Tachibana Shigeyoshi Saku. ( Rare Shomei )

Theme and Design : Kikka cho akimushi zu tetsuji Kawara Maru gata Sukidashi bori iro-e.

Chrysanthemum flower, butterfly, and autumn insects theme. Irregular maru data.

Height: 7.6 cm
Width : 7.8 cm
Rim Thickness : 4 .0 mm
Centre Thickness : 5.0 mm
Condtion : Beautiful untouched Iron Patina with exceptional detail. The images do not portray the full beauty of this Tsuba
Era : Mid Edo
Certification : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon attesting to its rarity and authenticity.

Published in Nihonto Koza Kodogu Mid Edo period

 

A Desirable Rare Kyo Sukashi Iron Tsuba

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A Desirable Rare Kyo Sukashi Iron Tsuba from Early Muromachi period. Early 15 th Century ( Oei / Eikyo era )

Refer to item 60 in Japanese Sword Guards Masterpieces from the Sasano collection Silver Book for a similar example.

Design : Mitsudo Moe Mon ( Three Comma design ) and Wachigai Mon ( Two overlapping circles ) Both Mons are Samurai Kamons

Height : 7.5 cm
Width : 7.3 cm
Rim Thickness : 5.0 mm
Centre Thickness : 5.0 mm , Rounded Rim ( Mimi )
Condition : Beautiful untouched Iron Patina with ares of Tekkotsu on rim.
Certification : NBTHK Hozon Certificate attesting to its authenticity .
 

RARE DAISHO IRON TSUBA

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RARE DAISHO IRON TSUBA

SETSUMEI : Bull design . Dai Tsuba is signed TANSHU JU SADAMASA. He lived in Mayatsu Tanobe, Tango province ( Tango no Kuni ) which is in the area that is today called Northern Kyoto area facing the sea of Japan. His design is considered wonderful by many Japanese collector's and is very unique showing skillful artistry and symmetries' in Iron work. Circa 1650

The Sho Tsuba is signed TANSHU JU SADAMICHI, he created and designed also Bull / Cow open work in Iron and tsuba by him are rare. He was a relative of Tanshu Ju Sadamasa. This was a joint work by both artists.

The patina of the Iron is beautiful and both Tsuba are in mint condition, the symmetries' are wonderful.

Dimensions :
DAI : 8.4 cm, Rim Thickness : 5.0 mm
SHO : 7.8 cm , Rim Thickness : 4.0 mm
NBTHK : Hozon Tosogu Certification
 

A FINE AND RARE SHOAMI SUKASHI TSUBA

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A FINE AND RARE SHOAMI SUKASHI TSUBA , FEATURED IN THE BOOK : JAPANESE SWORD GUARDS MASTERPIECES FROM THE SASANO COLLECTION / SILVER BOOK. Page 116, Item 86

DESCRIPTION: A PAIR OF HERON'S ( HIYOKU NO SAGI )

ERA : MUROMACHI CHUKI , Late 15th Century ( Onin / Bunmei Era )

DIMENSION'S : HEIGHT 76.1mm . WIDTH 77.2 mm . RIM THICKNESS 4.7mm. CENTRE THICKNESS 4.0mm SQUARED RIM

 

RARE SHOAMI SUKASHI

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A FINE AND RARE SHOAMI SUKASHI TSUBA FEATURED IN THE BOOK JAPANESE SWORD-GUARD MASTERPIECES FROM THE SASANO COLLECTION / SILVER BOOK. Page 121, Item 91

DESCRIPTION : DANCING CRANES AND REED'S ( maizuru-ni-ashi )

ERA : MUROMACHI CHUKI, EARLY 16th CENTURY (Tenbun era )

DIMENSION'S : HEIGHT: 79.5mm . WIDTH : 80mm. RIM THICKNESS: 4.9mm. CENTRE THICKNESS : 5mm ROUND CORNERED RIM

 

SENBIKI SARUZU SUKASHI TSUBA

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MEI : SHOYOKEN MITSUHIRO (SECOND GENERATION MITSUHIRO )

B. 1748. D. 1823. TRUE SON OF THE FIRST GENERATION MITSUHIRO

PROVINCE : HIZEN (YAGAMI )

SIZE : 8.5 cm X 8.0 CM

THE TSUBA COMES IN ITS ORIGINAL BOX AND SHIFUKU AND HAS N.B.T.H.K TOKUBETSU HOZON CERTIFICATION.

SETSUMEI : A LARGE AND POWERFUL RARE TSUBA OF SENBIKI SARU ( ONE THOUSAND MONKEY'S ). ALL THE MONKEY'S ARE EXECUTED IN DIFFERENT POSTURE'S AND HAVE MINUTE DETAIL AND GOLD EYE'S. THE DETAIL IS SPLENDID AND IT IS A MASTERWORK OF MITSUHIRO. THE IRON COLOUR IS PERFECT. HIS TSUBA ARE USUALLY SMALLER AND THE UNUSUALLY LARGE SIZE GIVES IT PROMINENT STRENGTH.

 

A RARE SIGNED HIGO IRON SUKASHI TSUBA

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A RARE SIGNED HIGO IRON SUKASHI TSUBA BY NISHIGAKI KANPEI WITH THE DESIGN OF A KUMO ( Spider ) AND WEB. CONNECTED TO LEAVES.

Jidai : Edo Chuki (Chofo ) about 230 years ago.

Size : 7.8 cm x 7.8 cm x 2.8 cm Rounded Mimi ( Rim )

Details : The Tsuba comes in its original Japanese Tsuba Bako ( Box ) with NBTHK Certification. The Tsuba is signed on the Reverse attesting to its quality.

An Excellent and rare signed Higo Iron Tsuba. The Motif is that of a Spider making a web part connected to leaves. The Iron colour is a dark rich patina and in perfect condition. This has come out of a collection in Japan and been offered for the first time.

 

KOSHOAMI TSUBA

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A RARE UNTOUCHED MUMEI KOSHOAMI TSUBA FROM THE MOMOYAMA JIDAI 1600 Century WITH THE THEME OF: WAKATAKE SETSURIN TSUNAGI SUKASHI ( YOUNG BAMBOO AND SNOW RINGS).
THE IRON COLOUR IS OF A DARK RICH BEAUTIFUL PATINA WITH TEKKOTSU ON THE MIMI.
Size: 8.0 cm x 8.3 cm
THIS IS A WONDERFUL TSUBA FROM A WELL KNOWN JAPANESE COLLECTOR.
THE TSUBA COMES IN ITS ORIGINAL BOX AND ALSO HAS N.B.T.H.K. TOKUBETSU HOZON CERTIFICATE
 

ONO TSUBA

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ONO TSUBA
Design: ISHI USU SUKASHI TSUBA ( Stone for Grinding Grains)
Period: Early Edo Period< br/> Dimensions: Height:8.5 cm Width:8.0 cm

Comments: ONO TSUBA were made by a group of craftsmen who resided in the village of Ono , Chita Gun, Owari province during the early part of the Edo Period. Their work is known as Ono Tsuba. The quality and balance of this Ono Tsuba is wonderful and the Iron Colour is very good. It is quite difficult to find good Ono Tsuba and this Tsuba is excellent.

 

HIGO SIGNED TSUBA

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HIGO SIGNED TSUBA
Name: FUSAYOSHI
Period: Early Edo Period
Design: Thrown Paulownia
Dimensions: Height: 7.8 cm Width: 7.4 cm

Comments: This is a very rare published Higo Tsuba signed FUSAYOSHI. The Design , Balance and untouched deep rich Iron Colour is magnificent. It is great satisfaction to find a Tsuba of this quality .

 

KUGINUKI HIGO TSUBA

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KUGINUKI HIGO TSUBA
Period: EDO CHUKI
Dimensions: Height: 7.4 cm Width: 7.0 cm
Design: KUGINUKI MON , ( family Mon) crest of a nailing tool.
Iron Colour: Rich Dark Chocolate Colour with Tekkotsu ( Iron Bones)

Comments: This is an exceptional Tsuba small in size however the Iron Colour is perfect and has not been messed around with in any way whatsoever. I have used this Tsuba as an example of great Iron Colour when sourcing other Tsuba for my collection. Ogasawara San owned this Tsuba and it was handed down to me from my Karate Master ABE KEIGO.

 

SUKASHI TSUBA of MOKKOGATA

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SUKASHI TSUBA of MOKKOGATA with INOME design. NANBOKUCHO PERIOD 14th Century. Private Collection This is an important early Tsuba exhibited at the SANO SWORD MUSEUM In Shizuoka Japan in 1999 and catalogued in the Limited edition book published at the time of the exhibition : SUKASHI TSUBA, SWORDGUARDS WITH OPEN WORK DESIGN from KOFUN PERIOD to EDO PERIOD

 

KO-TOSHO - ubu example

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KO-TOSHO- ubu example
Height: 8.8 cm Width: 8.7 cm
R: 2:0 mm Sd: 2.0 mm
Maru Gata
This early example of Ko-Tosho workmanship was forged without a design on the plate and has survived to this day in unaltered condition; although a Sekigane (copper filler) at the nakago-ana and faint marks on the seppa dai indicate this tsuba had been mounted at one time or another. Most likely made during the early to mid Muramachi period, the plate reveals remnants of lacquer which adds luster to the wonderful patina visible on the surface
 
NBTHK Hozon
 

KO-TOSHO

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KO-TOSHO
Snow Flake design
Height: 9.8 cm Width: 9.8 cm
R: 3.0 mm Sd: 4.0 mm
Maru Gata
Sukashi – Snowflake carved in positive relief.
There are differing opinions as to the age of this large tsuba: Nambokuchu or Muromachi, but not the workmanship; the iron plate exhibiting the distinctive hammer marks and irregularity of rim which are characteristic of early Ko-Tosho pieces.
The massive iron plate is an ‘ubu’ example unaltered by the later addition of hitsu-ana.
NBTHK Hozon
 

KO-KATCHUSHI – ‘Rinpo’

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KO-KATCHUSHI – ‘Rinpo’
Rim circumference 90.0 mm.
Era: Mid to late Muramachi
Maru Gata
The ‘Rinpo’ or Buddhist wheel was a popular design during the Muramachi period and the presence of extensive open work indicates Katchushi rather than Tosho smiths. Handwork is conspicious on the plate which has lustrous patina all over its surface and the openings show the characteristically careful work of the craftsmen of that school. The rim frames the design, which appears both symmetrical and irregular in its simplicity.
NBTHK Hozon

 

KO-TOSHO

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KO-TOSHO
Scroll. Early Muromachi period 15th Century
Rounded rim
Height: 9.1 cm, width: 9 cm
Rim thickness: 1:8 mm, seppa-dai thickness: 2.5 mm.

The sukashi is placed in the upper right quadrant of this tsuba and symbolizes a scroll (or perhaps Buddhist beads). The iron is well worked and rich in appearance, the irregular outline of the plate subtlety emphasizing the age and handwork of this fine example of Ko-Tosho work.

JINGO TAKO TSUBA

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A Rare Second Generation Jingo Tako Tsuba Depicting a Octopus against an Iron background with it's Finely Executed Tentacles running across the reverse side of the Tsuba.
Height: 7.8 cm.
Width : 7.4 cm
Rim Thickness :3.5mm
Robert Haynes has seen and held this Tsuba and has qualiied it as definate Second Generation Jingo
 

SHONAI SHOAMI TSUBA

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SHONAI SHOAMI TSUBA of a Mantis on broken cartwheels with flowering vines with Kinzogan ( Gold inlay ) on the Mimi ( Rim )

The use of different metals on this Tsuba is called Iroe, meaning "painting with metals "

Jidai : Edo Owari

Size : 7.6cm x 6.8cm x 0.5cm

Details: This Tsuba comes in its original Japanese Tsuba bako (box ) with NBTHK Hozon Certification

A wonderful and rare Yamagane Tsuba with a Gold Mantis. The raised inlay is in Gold, Shakudo ( copper, gold and alloy), silver and shibuichi ( copper,silver and alloy )The Mantis has Gold applied in Nunome. The Mimi has intricate gold Zogan vines and leaves covering the whole circumference. The theme on the obverse side is of a Mantis on a broken cart wheel with flowering vines on the reverse side is the wheel hub executed in high relief Silver, all in very high detail. This Tsuba is in perfect condition, and has just come out of a collection in Japan and been offered for the first time.

 

HEIANJO SCHOOL TSUBA

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AN EXCELLENT IMPORTANT HEIANJO SCHOOL TSUBA WITH A DESIGN OF RAISED GABIONS (A CYLINDRICAL BASKET used for filling with stones and earth for fortification).

THERE IS HIGH RELIEF ON A RICH DARK IRON BACKGROUND. THE IRON COLOUR IS EXCELLENT WITH AN UNTOUCHED DARK BROWN PATINA.

CIRCA: EDO PERIOD 17TH CENTURY
SIZE: 7.8CM CONCENTRIC WITH A SLIGHTLY RAISED MIMI.

I HAVE ENCLOSED PHOTOS OF AN ALMOST IDENTICAL TSUBA FROM A CATALOGUE OF SWORD GUARDS FROM THE TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM. IT IS A KNOWN FACT THAT NOT ONLY ONE BUT A FEW IDENTICAL TSUBA WERE MADE BY METAL CRAFTSMEN AND THIS SEEMS TO BE THE CASE HERE.
THIS RARE TSUBA HAS RECENTLY BEEN DISCOVERED IN JAPAN AND IS A GREAT SOURCE OF STUDY OF THE HEIANJO SCHOOL. IT IS BOXED AND HAS HOZON N.B.T.H.K. CERTIFICATION. ​
 

KYO SUKASHI TSUBA

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AN EXCELLENT KYO SUKASHI KIRI MON MATSU KAWA HISHI SUKASHI TSUBA. THE THEME OF KIRI MON AND PINE TREE BARK. EARLY EDO PERIOD . SIZE : 8.3cm CONCENTRIC. THIS TSUBA IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND COLOUR. IT COMES IN A BOX AND IS CERTIFIED WITH N.B.T.H.K. HOZON
 

SHOAMI TSUBA

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SHOAMI TSUBA Sukashi Design : Chrysanthemum and Pine Needles Design.
Early EDO Jidai . Early 17th Century ( Kanbun Era )
Height: 82.4mm. Width : 80.3mm Rim Thickness : 4.4mm
The Iron is of High Quality and the workmanship superior.
Published on Page 107 of Japanese Sword-guards Masterpieces from the Sasano Collection ​
 

HEIANJO SUKASHI TSUBA

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A RARE AND PUBLISHED MUMEI HEIANJO SUKASHI TSUBA. AKIGUSA, SHIKA SUKASHI: OPEN WORK OF AUTUMN GRASS, DEER. MOMOYAMA JIDAI. THE FORGING OF THE JIGANE IS WELL DONE, IS A MIKAGI JI, A DEER PLAYING IN AN AUTUMN FIELD APPEARS IN JI- SUKASHI AND THERE IS A FEELING OF REFINEMENT EVEN IN THE FINE LINED SUKASHI PATTERN. THE IRON PATINA IS OF A RICH DARK COLOUR AND IS IN PERFECT CONDITION. ( THIS TSUBA IS ON PAGE 16 OF NIHONTO NO KOZA KODOGU PART ONE BY HARRY AFU WATSON) ALSO PUBLISHED IN JAPAN ON A POSTER AND BOOK. THIS TSUBA IS RARE AND COMES FROM A PROMINENT JAPANESE COLLECTOR. ​
 

OWARI TSUBA

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A BEAUTIFUL LARGE POWERFUL SUKASHI OWARI TSUBA MOMOYAMA JIDAI , MUMEI, 8.3 cm CONCENTRIC, THE HITSU ANA HAS SHAKUDO PLATES TO PROTECT THE KOZUKA AND KOGAI. THE PATINA IS BEAUTIFUL AND OF A DARK RICH COLOUR. THE THICKNESS IS A FULL 0.8CM, AND IS ONE OF THE VERY BEST OWARI TSUBA I HAVE SEEN. IT COMES WITH NBTHK HOZON CERTIFICATE. I HAVE SEEN A SIMILAR TSUBA IN QUALITY TO THIS IN JAPAN WITH JUYO STATUS. IT COMES WITH IT'S ORIGINAL CUSTOM BOX AND CUSHION AND ALSO BOX COVER. TSUBA LIKE THIS ONE ARE NOW BECOMING INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN. AN EXCEPTIONAL OWARI TSUBA FOR THE DISCERNING COLLECTOR. OWARI TSUBA WERE MADE IN THE OWARI PROVINCE, PRESENT DAY NAGOYA AND EMBODIED THE SAMURAI AESTHETIC. IN JAPAN THEY ARE CONSIDERED TO BE THE BEST OF IRON TSUBA BY MANY COLLECTORS. ​
 

AKASAKA NIDAI SUZUMUSHI TSUBA

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AKASAKA NIDAI SUZUMUSHI TSUBA, ( Scene of a Cricket)
Dimensions: 75x75mm.
THIS IS A WONDERFUL TSUBA with an untouched dark Iron Patina TSUBA MUMEI (NIDAI) AKASAKA, SUZUMUSHI SUKASHI, TETSU JI MARU GATA, SUKASHI MARU MIMI, and from a very old Japanese collection. Cased in it's original box. ​