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The Antique Fittings in this section are not for sale and have been sold. They are exhibited here for referance and study.
 

KO - TOSHO Tsuba

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Description: Senmen Sukashi Tsuba of Large form, Mumei Ko Tosho. The deep meaning of this design on the right hand side of the Tsuba are Two Fans depicting the top one Man and the bottom one Woman. “Senmen “ means Folding Fans in Samurai terms “Suehirogari” means that ones future is bright and when you advance forward your future is bright.

Period: Late Kamakura Period early 14th Century Height: 9.3cm
Width: 9.3cm
Rim Thickness : 1mm
Nakago Ana Thickness : 1.8mm
Certification: N.B.T.H.K. Hozon Tosogu
Iron Colour : The Iron Colour on this Tsuba is beautiful and has not been cleaned and retains its original patina.

The Artistic significance of the Ko- Tosho Tsuba represents the Japanese awareness that could be the origin of Aesthetic expression of the KOSHIRAE and the SUKASHI TSUBA.
KO - TOSHO Tsuba of this period and condition are extremely hard to find.
The images have been taken under different lighting to show the granular Iron and the Iron Patina.

KANAYAMA TSUBA design of Tsuru and Bamboo

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A Masterpiece Kanayama Tsuba with the design of Heron and Bamboo leaves and trunk. This is an exceptional Tsuba from the late Muromachi period ( early 16th Century ) and abounds with great Tekkotsu ( Iron Bones ) all over especially on the Mimi ( Rim ). The iron patina is perfect and has not been altered nor polished. This is the “ Once in a Lifetime chance Tsuba” and is irreplaceable . For the advanced Iron Tsuba Scholar and collector.

SETSUMEI
Height : 68 mm
Width : 68 mm
Rim Thickness : 5.5 mm
Seppa Dai Thickness : 3.5 mm

NBTHK Hozon Tosogu

YASUCHIKA FUCHI KASHIRA

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AN IMPORTANT SET OF FUCH KASHIRA ( HILT FITTINGS FOR THE HANDLE OF A JAPANESE SWORD KOSHIRAE ) BY ONE OF THE NARA SANSAKU ( THREE GREAT NARA SCHOOL MASTERS.

Signed : YASUCHIKA, Edo Period ( Late 17th-Early 18th Century )

Setsumei : The Brass migakiji ground in decorated Gold, shibuichi, shakudo and copper takazogan and kebori with Carp (Koi ) and aquatic plant's in a stream signed YASUCHIKA. This set is accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Juyo Tosogu ( Important Sword Fitting ) issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai ( Society for the preservation of the Japanese Art Sword. ) The set are in perfect condition and colour.

Born the son of a Shonai Clansman, Tsuchiya Yasuchika (1670-1744 ) studied under Shoami Chinkyu and married his daughter before moving to Edo at the age of thirty-four and studying under Nara Toshimasa. He took the tonsure in 1730 and was named To-u. He is known as one of the Nara Sansaku ( Three great Nara-school Masters ) along with Nara Toshinaga and Sugiura Joi. The Carp ( Koi ) in the stream was one of Yasuchika's favourite design's which he used on a number of Tsuba and Fuchi - Kashira.

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.

 
 

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.

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 ​