"A classic work teeming with elegance of the 1st generation Hikozo. The hammered finish executed on the yamagane plate is illustrious with carved design of "old man's beard" often used by Hikozo. This design with the color tone of the piece, creates a perfected atmosphere. A sukashi of a single Tomoe shape and a carved area of unknown figure on each side add to the ambiance. The hitsu-ana is also a venerable shape of Hikoso. Adorned with solid gold rim cover and very rare solid gold sekigane in top and bottom of nakago-ana creates a contrast that is truly sensational.
Overall, the rustic simplicity and finish of this masterpiece splendidly establishes the charm of Hikozo's characteristic works.
The hakogaki by Dr. Kazutaro Torigoye is dated 1950. Box cover says: HIRATA HIKOZO." (Haynes)