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"Mokko shape well forged iron plate tsuba with a uchikaeshi mimi and is an excellent example of the combination of the famous kebori tortise-shell design and sakura blossom within each, tekkotsu and yakite shitate surface finish that the early Nobuiye artisans are renowned for. Both hitsu-ana and udenuki-ana are original. A black-brown patina is present and untouched.

Mei: 'NOBUIYE'. This tsuba has the thin hosoji-mei that often gives one the feeling of inner strength and power. This style of mei is associated with the tsubako called the shodai Nobuiye but this is an unknown maker. It should be noted that the date of this Nobuiye is 1750 to 1800. " (Long)
8.50cm x 9.20cm x 0.20cm @ nakago-ana

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