Mei: 'NOBUIYE' H 07069.0 (unreadable hanare-mei)
Late Edo period (ca 1750-1800)
Tetsu-ji tsuba with strong patina of deep dark brown. The ground iron is forged and tempered very well with kebori in the form of a dissolved kikko pattern (tortoise shell) showing on both sides. Ko-Sukashi is present in small animal form, the rim is maru-mimi with sekigane of copper. Original mokko-gata shape.
It is safe to say that this is a true Nobuiye of a later generation.
7.2cm x 6.8cm x 0.5cm.