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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 AKASAKA SHIHO SOUGAN SUKASHI TSUBA

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A rare and desirable Iron Tsuba the design of Shiho Sougan. ( 四方双雁 )

Setsumei: ( Explanation)

The meaning of Shiho is four directions. The meaning of Sougan is double gooses. The four sets of triple lines going up and sideways from the inside rim of the Tsuba are the four directions and four flying gooses are depicted in between the circular sukashi. The imaginative concept and surprising design of this Tsuba are a testimony of the master portraying the energy of the Samurai.

Height: 7.6cm
Width : 7.3cm
Rim Thickness : 3mm
Seppadai: (centre) thickness: 4mm
Condition: Showing a beautiful untouched dark lustrous iron texture with a fine display of Tekottsu on the rim.

Certification: NBTHK Hozon Certificate

Comment: This is a unique and rare Tsuba from the Momoyama period and in perfect condition. All the Iron Tsuba on this site are from Japanese collectors whom I have known over a long period and have not been outside of Japan until now. A unique opportunity to aquire this rare and desirable Tsuba.

Note: Images are portrayed under different lighting. As in all cases holding the Tsuba in the hand with human eye contact will portray the exact colour and feeling of emotion that emerge from the Tsuba.

 

WATAKE SETSURIN TSUNAGI SUKASHI KO SHOAMI TSUBA.

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Setsumei: ( Explanation)

This is an outstanding and rare Ko Shoami Iron Tsuba from the early sixteenth century. ( Mid Muromachi period). The design is that of young Bamboo Bridging a snow ring.
The Iron colour is wonderful and the Tsuba has been kept in pristine condition for its age. There is fine Tekkotsu on the rim.Tsuba of this period are extremely difficult to acquire and this Tsuba is a wonderful piece for the advanced Iron collector.

Height: 8.2cm
Width: 8.2cm
Rim thickness: 3mm
Centre Thickness: 4mm
Condition: Showing a beautiful lustrous shiny dark iron patina.

Certification: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate attesting to its rarity and authenticity.

 

OWARI SUKASHI TSUBA design of Bamboo Stems Design (Edo period 17th Century)

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A Sukashi Tsuba of Bamboo Stems design, ( Oratake). Unsigned Owari. (Very similar to a Hayashi Matashichi Tsuba off the same design kept at the Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Culture, Hyogo Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan’s main Island Honshu.

A brief History of the Hayashi School:

The first master of the Hayashi School ( Matashichi ) was born on the eighteenth year of Keicho(1613) and died in the twelfth year of Genroku at the age of 87.
Matashichi’s works differ greatly depending on wether or not they have Zogan ( Inlaid work of Gold or Silver). His Sukashi Tsuba in general has quality Iron, carefully finished with sophisticated designs. His work is considered outstanding.

Setsumei: ( Explanation)

Sukashi Iron Tsuba of great quality Iron and showing Tekkotsu on the rim.

Height: 8.6cm
Width: 8.0cm
Rim Thickness: 4.0mm
Seppa Dai Thickness: 5mm

The condition of this Tsuba is beautiful and has a rich dark granular texture and Tekkotsu on the rim and is in exceptional condition. The age of the Tsuba is early Edo period. This is a rare Tsuba and also has a Hakogaki (箱書き) (Box inscription) by Kanzan Sato. Highly recommended for the advanced Iron Tsuba collector and scholar. For centuries many characteristics of the OWARI school have been appreciated and held in high esteem by the Samurai, expressing their aesthetic standards.
The Owari Tsuba started being made in the Oei era (1394-1427) and lasted until the Sword abolition law was enacted in the ninth year of Meiji 1876.

It comes with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate attesting to it’s rarity and authenticity.

 

Masterpiece Tsuba from the Sasano Collection.

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Masterpiece Tsuba from the Sasano Collection.

OWARI Tsuba : Sukashi design; Diamond in a Zig-Zag Configuration ( ori-iribishi )
Momoyama Period Late 16th Century ( Tensho / Keicho era )
Height: 81.5mm Width: 79.9mm Rim Thickness: 5.2mm
Centre thickness: 4.4 mm Round Cornered rim ( Mimi )

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate 2017

In Japanese this subject is called ‘Ori-iribishi’ expressing a generous cheerful mood. The disappearance of the earlier design of solidity and strength result from political and social developments in the Momoyama period. This slightly heavy appearance is a bold statement of pride.

(From the Sasano Sensei collection and featured in his Silver book: Japanese Sword Guards Masterpieces From The Sasano Collection By Sasano Masayuki) Page 196 , Tsuba 164 Owari.

Comments: This is an exceptionally rare Tsuba and has beautiful Iron Colour and Tekkotsu.( Iron Bones )

 

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

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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