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IMPORTANT IRON TSUBA

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IMPORTANT IRON TSUBA.

Mei : From left to right : HAGIYA KATSUHIRA — SEIRYOKEN Backside : Kao
Height : 8.8 cm
Width : 7.8 cm
Rim Thickness : 5 mm
Condition : Beautiful untouched Iron Patina with exceptional detail.
Era : Late Edo / Mito Province
Theme of KOI Swimming up stream with Snow Flakes falling from the Sky

HAGIYA KATSUHIRA 萩谷勝平 (1804-1886)

HISTORY

Katsuhira's first name was "Yasuke" (弥介). He was born in Mito on the October 20th, 1804 as the second son of Terakado Yoju (寺門与重). He was later adopted by Hagiya Nibei (萩谷仁兵衛) and learned the basics of the kinko craft from his older brother Katsufasa who first bore the name "Terakado Yosaburo" (寺門与三郎). He then studied under Shinozaki Katsushige and Oyama Motozane (泰山元孚), played an important role among the Mito-kinko of the late Edo period, and was the master of the famous Unno Shomin.

Katsuhira's go was "Seiryoken" (生涼軒) and he was hired by the Mito fief in the 1844. His two sons were Katsuhiro (勝容) and Katsuyasu (勝保).

Katsuhira died on September 6th, 1886 at the age of 83.

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SUKEHIRO

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Tsuda Echizen no kami Sukehiro is a student of the first generation Sukehiro. He was given the title "Echizen no kami" in 1657 (Meireki 3). He had been employed by Aoyama Inbanokami Munetoshi who was the Osaka-castle warden since 1667(Kanbun7). This wakizashi seems to be made in 1664( Kanbun4), we know it from its style and the curving of the mei. Hamon is O-gunome, Sukehiro is good at it. There are many clear ashi and sunagashi partially along light hamon. The blade is bright fine itame, it shows much jinie, chikei on it. The kanji "Sou" has some meaning for this wakizashi. According to Mr. Tanabe Tanzan's opinion on sayagaki- writing, the word "Sou" means "equal" , it means his work is able to be compared to his father the first generation's work, and this wakizashi can equal the first generation's in quality.

Period : SHINTO

Length : 48.8cm

Curvature : 1.0cm

Width at the base : 3.3cm

Thickness at the base : 0.7cm

Width at the top : 2.4cm

Thickness of the top : 0.5cm

Certification : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

 

A fine Tanto by Suzuki Masao

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A fine Tanto by Suzuki Masao, Senior Student of the Famous KIYOMARO

Suzuki Masao was a native of Mino Province whoose real name was Suzuki Jiro. He was a senior student of KIYOMARO. He started Sword production around 1853. He worked briefly in Hokkaido ( Japan's northernmost Island ) and then returned to Edo and retired from Sword making in 1865. He is renowned for his excellency as a sword-smith in the footsteps of his master Kiyomaro.

PERIOD : SHINSHINTO

Length: 25.7cm

Curvature: 0cm

Width at the base: 2.7cm

Thickness at the base: 0.7cm

Certification: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token

 

YASUCHIKA FUCHI KASHIRA

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AN IMPORTANT SET OF FUCH KASHIRA ( HILT FITTINGS FOR THE HANDLE OF A JAPANESE SWORD KOSHIRAE ) BY ONE OF THE NARA SANSAKU ( THREE GREAT NARA SCHOOL MASTERS.

Signed : YASUCHIKA, Edo Period ( Late 17th-Early 18th Century )

Setsumei : The Brass migakiji ground in decorated Gold, shibuichi, shakudo and copper takazogan and kebori with Carp (Koi ) and aquatic plant's in a stream signed YASUCHIKA. This set is accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Juyo Tosogu ( Important Sword Fitting ) issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai ( Society for the preservation of the Japanese Art Sword. ) The set are in perfect condition and colour.

Born the son of a Shonai Clansman, Tsuchiya Yasuchika (1670-1744 ) studied under Shoami Chinkyu and married his daughter before moving to Edo at the age of thirty-four and studying under Nara Toshimasa. He took the tonsure in 1730 and was named To-u. He is known as one of the Nara Sansaku ( Three great Nara-school Masters ) along with Nara Toshinaga and Sugiura Joi. The Carp ( Koi ) in the stream was one of Yasuchika's favourite design's which he used on a number of Tsuba and Fuchi - Kashira.

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WAKIZASHI WITH KOSHIRAE: NAGASONE OKISATO NYUDO KOTETSU

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TANTO KOSHIRAE, LATE EDO PERIOD

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PUBLISHED : KUROROIRO NURI AGEHACHO MON MAKIE SAYA AIKUCHI TANTO KOSHIRAE

JIDAI : EDO KOKI

SETSUMEI : A ISSAKU KANAGU AIKUCHI TANTO KOSHIRAE OF SUPERB QUALITY WITH 12 AGEHACHO (BUTTERFLIES ) IN GOLD RAISED LAQUER. THE MENUKI AND KOZUKA ARE OF SOLID GOLD.

AN IMPORTANT KOSHIRAE FOR THE STUDY OF ASTHETICS, BALANCE AND THE MASTERFUL WORK OF JAPANESE SAMURAI ART AT ITS VERY BEST. THERE IS A SIMILAR WORK IN THE TOKYO
NATIONAL MUSEUM SWORD SECTION OF A NATIONAL TREASURE DAISHO KOSHIRAE WITH THE SAME AGEHACHO MON.

OA LENGTH : 43 cm