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DAISHO SANMAI    $800.00
'Shakudo Nanako-ji Marugata Zogan Fukurin'. Edo period. Both Tsuba are made of shakudo with nanako-ji surfaces. The fukurin is of shakudo plate.
Dai-to 7.5cm x 7.4cm x 0.4cm.
Sho-to 7.1cm x 7.0cm x 0.4cm.

AKASAKA 'NOBUIYE'     $500.00   $360.00
H 07065.0    (Hosoji-mei)   ca. 1750
Irregular carved hollows on both sides appear severe yet poetic, in harmony with the simplicity and renunciation which are integral to Zen, a Buddhist school of thought adopted with fervor by the Bushi.
This artist usually signed: Akasaka ju Nobuiye, in large kanji, covering both sides of the seppa-dai area.
MYOCHIN NOBUIYE     $1000.00   $600.00
H 07075.0   ca. 1550
This artist worked in Shiroi in Kozuke Province who made helmets and signed them with his full signature. Wakayama vol. II p. 294 has 3 examples of these signatures. They are a good comparison to the Nobuiye signature found on tsuba. Dense well-forged iron plate (kurikomi-mokko-gata) with ample tekkotsu on the mimi.
SHOAMI 'NOBUIYE'     $500.00   $380.00
H 07069.0    (Hosoji-mei)   ca.1750-1800
This artist was one of the last to use the Nobuiye name. He worked in Sanshu Okazaki ju, Mikawa Province using mostly the kinko style and did not make any Kiyosu Nobuiye tsuba.
SHOAMI 'NOBUIYE'     $800.00   $500.00
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H 07069.0    (Hosoji-mei)
Iron cross jujigata mokko gata plate with slightly raised rim. Both hitsu are of kogai shape, a Shoami school characteristic. This tsuba has a strong shape and shows magnificent meandering kebori. Creating such a bold, but at the same time aesthetically and carefully finished piece from a lump of iron was truly the art of Nobuiye. The style of the signature is not in imitation of the great Nobuie masters, but is of his own style and form. (Haynes & Long)

$1800.00  $700.00
An iron plate in 'mitsu-uri' shape with three cylindrical sukashi openings at the lobe junctures. The bottom two openings serve as the udenuki ana. The ryohitsu are original and their sekigane are present.The surface of both faces gives the effect of grained wood of a piece of lumber. This is termed as mokume ji or mokume kaji. (Haynes)

KO-UMETADA    $600.00    $300.00

Sukashi design symbolizes 'good luck'. Momoyama period. Gold and silver traces of inlay.

$750.00  $500.00
A very rare example of the work of Shume (H 08816.0). Iron slightly oval plate with sukashi design of swirls of water and cherry blooms, with the reverse a mirror image. It is signed: 'KOGETSUSAI SHUME'. The name of this artist seems to refer to a court title. He was probably an amateur who worked for his own pleasure, ca. 1800. There is one other example recorded in the Church collection. (Haynes)

$400.00  $200.00
"Iron plate carved as two large beans (edamame) with stems and leaves, in pure Satsuma Oda school style. The face is signed: 'Choshu ju Masakata'. See H 04070.0. There is a good chance that this artist is the same as the Masakata H 04069.0 who lived in Satsuma about the same time. There were a number of artists who lived or worked in both of these provinces, and this might be one of them. When we can compare the signatures of these two artists we should know if they are the same person." (Haynes)

$500.00  $240.00
"Iron otafuku shape plate with design of Ono no Komachi (834-900), in relief iron on iron inlay, and in a landscape. With a silver face and a few brass inlay areas, as is the back also in a landscape. With two small "Satsuma" style cord holes.
The back is signed (very hard to see): 'Yamashiro Kuni Fujiwara Kanesada'. See H 02526.0. This example by this rather prolific artist is rare in the shape of the plate and the large size, it also seems older than many other examples of the same subject, by this artist." (Haynes)

$750.00   $500.00

A round iron tsuba with the Seven Gods of Good Fortune in openwork relief. The gold inlay was done sparringly, it appears to be intact. The square rim shows excellant file work on the edges in amida form.
Signed: 'Choshu Hagi Ju Yukitada Saku'. H 12467.0. Very few examples of his work exists. Ca. 1800. (Haynes/Long)

7.8cm x 7.8cm x 0.35cm

$500.00   $300.00
"Oval iron plate carved and inlaid with a Chinese sage under a pine tree with plants and rocks and the reverse with a waterfall. Inlaid with gold, silver copper, and shakudo.
The left side of the seppa-dai, on the face, is signed: 'Arikawa Sanemasa' and kao. See H 07976.0. The signature on this tsuba would seem to be that of the founder of the Arikawa family school. His work is very rare and there needs to be a great deal more study of the artists of this family school." (Haynes)
6.4cm x 6.8cm x 0.30cm

$900.00   $600.00
"Iron rectangular mokko shape with inome corners, and slightly raised rim. The surface with heavy gold nunome, much of which is now worn away. Original kogai shape kozuka hitsu, with shakudo sekigane.
Signed: 'Umetada Hikoemon'. See reference to Shigenaga, H 08391.0 (The name Jusai and Hikoemon both refer back to Shigenaga). Shigenaga was the grandson of Umetada Myoju, and the third generation of that line." (Haynes)
6.0cm x 6.35cm x 0.35cm
$700.00   $450.00
"Iron plate in the form of a five petal cherry flower bloom. Inlaid in high relief with a gourd vine in shakudo and the gourd in dark shibuichi. The reverse without any design or decoration.
Signed upper right side of nakago-ana: 'Mitsutada' H 05422.0. This is NOT the famous Umetada Mitsutada, but the very rare and less known Shoami Mitsutada." (Haynes)
7.0cm x 6.85cm.

SAOTOME    $800.00  

AKASAKA    $400.00  

KYO-SUKASHI    $800.00  

"Kyo-Sukashi tsuba with design of Musashi-no (Musashi plains), bird and abumi (riding stirrups). Musashi-no lies to the south west of the Kanto district. Throughout the centuries many poems have been written which describe the view. It is believed that the combination of Musashi-no and abumi is designed to honor the fallen Samurai and their horses which would have littered the Musashi plains during the many centries of civil war in Japan.
Unlike most Kyo-Sukashi tsuba which are round, this particular example is nade-kaku-gata (square with rounded corners) shape. The deep chisel marks around the nakago-ana could indicate the work of a specific tsuba artist in or around Kyoto. Mumei dating to early Edo period."
6.20cm x 5.80cm x 0.55cm

'BUSHU JU MASAMITSU' with Kao    $700.00  


SHIGENOBU    $400.00  

Round (maru-gata) iron plate with a surface of tsuchime-ji resembling clouds. Shigenobu specialized in works with this finish. The large hitsu-ana represent a form of fruit. There is Amida-yasurime present on both sides.

KANEHISA    $400.00  

Round (maru-gata) iron plate with a well hammered surface on both sides. Large hitsu-ana in the form of fruit. A single mon sukashi appears in the upper right quadrant. This mon is used by the Hosokawa family.
Signed 'KANEHISA' of the Shoami family working in Matsuyama in Iyo Province.

Dharma Wheel    $150.00    $100.00
Slight oval shaped iron plate with the sukashi of a Dharma Wheel. The surface has been hammered to a stone-like finish on both sides. This finish represents the texture of the cave where Dharma spent eight years in meditation. Both hitsu-ana's filled with shakudo plugs.

6.80cm x 7.30cm x 0.30cm


Iron sukashi tsuba of peony plant. The peony's and leaves are within a rim formed of the plant stems. They are full and thick. The entire design is a mirror image of itself except for one leaf at the lower right. The deeply colored metal has a look of age that confirms the signature (very hard to read) and dates to ca. 1800.
Mei reads 'CHOSHU HAGI JU OKADA MASATOMI SAKU'. Haynes Index H 04548.0.

Tachi Tsuba    $300.00    $150.00
Mokko \ cup shape brass plate most likely made by a kettle caster, ca. 1700. Most likely cast, then carved. Design of deer and Jurojin on omote, waterfall and Kalin(sp) (mythical beast) on ura. There are traces of gold nunome. Possible sword cut on bottom edge.

8.90cm x 9.70cm x (rim)0.50cm

Kyo-Sukashi    $350.00.00    $200.00
Iron sukashi tsuba of a pair of seg hats and commas. The top comma on one side is inlayed with gold representing the sun and the opposite side is inlayed with silver representing the moon. The bottom comma is inlayed with silver, both sides. All other inlay is in very fine silver nunome with some missing. The forging is very visable everywhere. The age of this piece seems to be ca. 1600.

6.45cm x 6.65cm x 0.60cm

MYOCHIN    $800.00    $400.00

Myochin school with design of tide pool both sides, including sea anenomes. Momoyama to early Edo period.

Ko-Shoami    $300.00  

"Round iron plate with design of folding fans in openwork. The kaku mimi rim takes the form of a slightly rounded, but almost square-shape displaying tekkotsu. The kanji is under study.
This very fine example of early Ko-Shoami work of the Muromachi period, ca. 1500-1550, shows the quality of the iron plate and the very well hammered and worked surface (tsuchime) that are the characteristics of the early examples of the Shoami school."(Long)

6.75cm x 6.85cm x 0.45cm

Sukashi iron tsuba with inlay of hira zogan on the web. Edo period ca. 1800. Refer: H 10918.0 Haynes Index.
7.69cm x 7.54cm.
SHOAMI    $650.00
"Very fine example of a Late Northern Shoami tsuba (ca.1775). Ginko leaves carving is delicate and picturesque. Exceptional well forged iron with dark patina and roundness of design. The well forged dark iron color is typical of the north." (Long)
7.3cm x 6.8cm x 4.5mm


Iron plate in slight oval shape with design of blossom and vine inlayed in gold. The blossom is done using nunome and the vines are gold wire in a groove.

KINKO    $300.00  

"Tanto size kinko tsuba, oval shape. Has shakudo fukurin. Dates to Muromachi period."
5.20cm x 4.50cm x 0.40cm

Choshu Tousen tsuba    $700.00  

$400.00   $180.00
"A 'muttsu' mokkogata iron plate with landscape designs on both sides. Possibly Shigeyoshi so admired Kaneiye that he copied his style to produce this fine tsuba.
H 08572.0 to H 08578.0
Which 'Shigeyoshi' Is Under Study." (Long)

Akasaka tsuba    $400.00    $150.00
A sukashi design of the Matsukawabishi mon and fern fronds. This represents the Akasaka school dating ca. 1850.

7.65cm x 7.65cm x 0.60cm

YOSHIRO         $375.00

A maru-gata and maru mimi tsuba of well forged iron plate with six roundels - circular emblems of flowers and/or family crests (mon) made of cast brass, pierced and chiseled in kebori, and with flat brass inlay (hira-zogan) of bamboo stems. This inlay style is Kaga Yoshiro zogan where the brass is inlaid into channels and then filed back to be flush with the surface of the iron plate. The channels are visible in places where the brass is no longer present. The hitsu-ana are outlined in brass.

$900.00  $600.00
"Oval shape iron tsuba, design of a 40-leaf chrysanthemum, excellantly carved with each leaf the same size. Low-relief chiselwork on iron ground. With irregular rim and two hitsu, the kogai hitsu plugged with shakudo. Late Edo period.
Signed 'Tanzendo Tessai Tsukuru'. This is Fujiwara no Yoshikatsu H 11705.0." (Long & Haynes)
7.0cm x 7.30cm x 0.5cm

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