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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

An Important and rare Shoami Tsuba

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An Important and rare Shoami Tsuba with the design of Manji Mon Kiku Ha Tsuba ( Reverse Swastika and Chrysanthemum )

Height: 7.7 cm
Width : 7.6 cm
Rim thickness: : 4mm
Centre thickness : 4mm
Certification: NBTHK Hozon Certificate

Condition: Showing a beautiful Iron patina with a shine that has not been rubbed and is in perfect condition.

Comment: This Tsuba is unique and dates from early Edo period. It has great balance and beautiful Iron patina. Manji Mon Tsuba of this design and quality are extremely difficult to acquire and are sought after in Japan.

Explanation of Manji Mon:

In Japan, the swastika is called manji 万字, which comes from China The first character, man, means 10,000 which is a big enough number to represent a myriad, or infinity. The second one, ji, is simply character. thus it is called the infinity character.

It is usually facing counter-clockwise. Meaning that the arms of the cross are turning in a counter-clockwise pattern. This being said, it is not uncommon to see it facing the other way and it is called a mirror-image of the manji.
The signification is the same though and it is still not associated with the Nazis in anyway.
A Buddhist Temple image in Japan with the Manji Mon

Important Tsuba by Dewa Akita Ju Shoami Denshichi 18th Century

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Important Tsuba by Dewa Akita Ju Shoami Denshichi 18th Century

Design of Musubinawa Sukashi Tsuba ( strong horsehair rope)
Height : 8.4 cm Width : 7.2 cm
Rim Thickness : 6mm
Centre Thickness : 7 mm
Condition : Showing a beautiful lustrous shiny Iron Patina.

Comment : This is a rare and unique signed 18th Century Shoami Tsuba by a renowned Tsuba maker.

Certification : NBTHK Hozon Certificate.

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 )

Important Higo Tsuba by Tohi Takao

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Important Higo Tsuba by Tohi Takao

It is well known and published Tsuba in Higo Taikan by Tohi ju Takao, the Tsuba was made in the 18th century and is exceptionally unusual. The Iron work is exceptional both in colour and design. It has NBTHK Kanteisho. It comes from a very famous Japanese Tsuba collector Fukushi San. In the hand it is very overpowering. This Tsuba exhibit’s excellent work in Iron and Silver and is a master piece , the images do not portray the exceptional and unusual work of this Tsuba as in the hand it is exceptional.

Size : 8 cm by 7.7 cm
Mei : Made by Tohi Takao
Design : Elliptical shape. Iron with high relief on the inlaid Rogin ( Silver ).
Ca. 1700’s