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This collective of Japanese Bijutsu includes TOSOGU of Robert E. Haynes & Elliott D. Long.






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NOTE: All sword fittings (excluding Tsuba) have 'RANK'. The Menuki have first (1st) rank. The Kogai have second (2nd) rank. The Kozuka have third (3rd) rank. The Fuchi Kashira have fourth (4th) rank. These are followed by the scabbard fittings.

KOKINKO BULL Menuki
$400.00
Provenance: Robert E. Haynes

Katsushirome plate menuki from the same mold.
Early Muromachi period.
3.4cm x 1.3cm x 0.4cm.

KIKUKAMONSHO Menuki
$200.00
Provenance: Elliott D. Long
A stylized chrysanthemum pattern derived from the Imperial crest.
Edo period.

'YASUCHIKA'   $4500.00
Provenance: Robert E. Haynes
"This kozuka appears to be of shibuichi plate which now has a black lacquer surface that is probably original to the piece. The upper area is carved and inlaid with bold gold waves. The lower end is inlaid with an almost three dimensional mino-game, a sea turtle. The carapace of dark shibuichi and each section outlined in very fine silver wire flush inlay. The body is gold plate and carved in great detail. The reverse is carved with fine line "rain marks" following the vertical form of the plate.
Bottom right is the signature: 'YASUCHIKA' (see H 11104.0). This is the signature of the "First Yasuchika". (Haynes)

'KATSURYUKEN MASAYOSHI'
  $2300.00
Provenance: Robert E. Haynes
"A shakudo plate kozuka with polished surface. Inlaid in relief with shishimai, also called Dai Kagura figure holding bamboo pole and New Years pine tree. The robe of carved gold and the mane of silver, as is the lower portion of the figure. This is the "lion dance" figure of both Chinese and Japanese culture. A design seen in many Japanese art forms. The back is polished shakudo and is signed, lower center: 'Katsuryuken Masayoshi', (H 04907.0)." (Haynes)

FUCHI
  $200.00

Provenance: Boris Markhasin

Early Edo/Late Momoyama Sendai fuchi of shakudo. Motif of plant life, inlay in shakudo, shibuichi and 24 carat gold.

Wakizashi Koshirae
  $900.00
Provenance: Boris Markhasin
Tiger Menuki in carved Shakudo. Fuchi/Gashira in classic Sendai school style. Iron Tsuba in Nobuiye school style.
Dimensions: Length/74.5cm (29 5/16in), Saya/57.5cm (22 5/8in), Tsuka/16.7cm (6 5/8in)

Sho-To Koshirae
  $800.00
Provenance: Elliott D. Long
Horse Menuki in Gold-Zogan and Shakudo.
Fuchi/Gashira in Gold and Shakudo.
Tsuba of Shakudo.
Dimensions: Total length/60.5cm (23.81 in), Saya/47.0cm (18.50 in), Tsunagi/42.1cm, Sori/0.7cm.

HIGO Tachi-Iron Koshirae
  $5000.00

Provenance: Elliott D. Long
Iron Tachi tsuba, mokko shape with four gold outlined nunome.
Gold Shishi Menuki.
Trimmed in Gold - Dual Mons in Ishime Lacquer.

"The Highest Quality."



Read about GOTO Honke, and GOTO RYU.

In English, there is an article by Alexander G. Mosle in the 'Transactions of the Japan Society of London', Vol. VIII, pg. 188, titled "The Sword Ornaments of the GOTOSHIROBEI FAMILY." Though this article is the prime source in this language, it has not given biographical detail nor has he gone into the details of technique by which the various masters could be discriminated from one another. Mr. Mosle used Kuwabara as his source and judge for obtaining information for this article and what it does say is trustworthy as far as it goes.

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