<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>"Nobuiye" wide signature</TITLE> <META content="text/html; charset=UTF-16" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=Author content="Elliott Long"> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 9.00.8112.16526"></HEAD> <BODY background="stuff_files/bg2.jpg"> <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 width="100%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=755> <P align=center><B><FONT color=#993300 size=+4 face=Papyrus>'NOBUIYE'</FONT></B></P><BR> <DIV align=right> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="70%" cols=3> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <CENTER><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Return to <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm">Tsuba Collective</A></FONT></CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></DIV></TD> <TD width="20%"><IMG src="stuff_files/tsuba kanji.jpg" width=180 height=200></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER>&nbsp; <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="100%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#330000 size=+2 face=Papyrus>PROVENANCE:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Robert E. Haynes<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Elliott D. Long</FONT></B></TD> <TD align=center><CENTER><B><FONT color=#800000 face=Papyrus><FONT size=+3>Under Study</FONT></FONT></B><BR><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Email to <A href="mailto:elliott@shibuiswords.com">Shibui Swords</A></FONT></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#993300 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"Large oval mokko iron plate tsuba with raised rim, the edge and the plate carved with the classic tortoise shell pattern found on many Nobuiye tsuba. The plate surface well worked and showing the forging patterns that are famous in Nobuiye tsuba. The hitsu-ana are in the form of the Matsukawabishi mon, half forming each side. All these elements are repeated on the reverse side.<BR><BR>The face is signed: 'NOBUIYE', see H 07074.0. This is a new, unrecorded example of what I have called the "wide spaced" Nobuiye signature. In 2001, when I wrote my "Index", I had seen only four examples of the wide spaced signature. In addition to this one I have now found three more examples. One in the collection of Elliott D. Long (see <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/nobuie6.htm">HERE</A>), and two in the NOBUIYE TSUBA-SHU, 1926, by Akiyama Kyusaku and Nakamura Kakudaiyu. See numbers 84 and 130 both with the wide spaced signature. Also see HAYNES CATALOG #7, pages 48 and 49 for the other examples of this style of signature. No doubt we will find other examples in the future. A study of these seven examples would be very welcome at this time." (Haynes) </FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu76_files/10.jpg" width=470 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=center><B><FONT color=#993300 size=+3 face=Papyrus>7.7cm x 8.3cm x 0.3cm</FONT></B></DIV><BR><BR><BR> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu76_files/10a.jpg" width=370 height=530></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu76_files/11.jpg" width=470 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER> <BR><BR> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"><BR><BR> <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="90%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD bgColor=#ffffcc vAlign=middle align=center><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>RETURN TO <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/EDLcollection.htm">COLLECTION</A></FONT><BR><BR><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Go To <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm">Tsuba Gakko</A></FONT><BR> <FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Email to <A href="mailto:elliott@shibuiswords.com">Shibui Swords</A></FONT> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER> </BODY></HTML>