Shibuichi tsuba depicting peasants running from a thunderstorm, Hamano school, 19th century.
An oval shibuichi tsuba inlaid in iroe takazogan with a cormorant fisher with a flaming torch beneath a clouded moon, the reverse inlaid in copper with his boat. Signed Echizen Daijo Nagatsune and kao. Height 2.5". (Bonhams 15.5.2012 Wrangham Collection sale lot 9, GBP715 including premium).
Large tsuba depicting dried fish, seal signed 'Ju'.
An Owari tsuba with the classic design of Temple bells, Myoga and stylized clouds, 16th century. Height 77mm, thickness at rim 6.5mm, thickness at centre 5mm.
A good early Akasaka tsuba carved with swallow like birds beneath a clouded Moon, First or second generation Akasaka school. The tsuba has some linear tekkotsu. Early 17th century. Height 72mm.
Carved in relief with a dragon above waves, gilt details, gold nunome rim, signed Bushu ju Maruyama Tosei or Fujikio, there are various ways to read this, does not appear to be in Haynes, 19th century. Height 72mm.
A fine Choshu tsuba, the slightly dished plate carved in low relief with horses playing by a stream, gold details. the hitsu-ana plugged with shakudo, 19th century. Height 75mm.
Pierced tsuba with a Gempei War subject, samurai in a boat, gold and silver inlay, two of the faces are slightly worn so
the price is low to reflect this, 19th century. Height 75mm.
An oval iron tsuba carved as Iris leaves and a blossom, gold details, unsigned, Bushu work, 19th century. Height 71mm.
A fine Kyo-sukashi tsuba of the late 16th- early 17th century, The design is a spider's web. Height 83mm. A very similar tsuba is on sale at Tokugawa Art for ¥220,000
An oval iron tsuba carved and pierced with two saddle trees and a riding crop, gold details, Bushu, 19th century. Height 71mm.
A good Choshu tsuba, the thick plate chiselled with a dragon in clouds. Signed Choshu Joryu. This artist is not recorded in Haynes, 19th century. Height 73mm.
A fine Owari tsuba with the Temple bell design, 16th century. Height 72mm.
.A Soten tsuba chiselled, pierced and gilt with the Seven Sages in a Bamboo Grove, the faces in silver, shakudo and copper, with the full Soten signature, this is a 19th century copy of Soten made to supply the demand for tsuba by this popular school. In extremely fine condition. Height 74mm.
A good Kinai Dragon tsuba, slightly mokko-gata with finely carved scales, signed on the reverse Echizen ju Kinai
saku, 19th century. Height 71mm. From the 'iri' Kinai signature and the way 'saku' is cut this would seem to be the
work of the highly regarded 7th generation. A very similar daisho pair of Kinai dragon tsuba are for sale in
A Shoami tsuba with two convex/concave horizontal bars which are pierced with snowflakes or stylized clouds. 18th century. Height 81mm.
A shibuichi tsuba inlaid with Hotei and a boy. 19th century. Height 65mm.
A large early Shoami tsuba pierced with gourds, much of the nunome on the reverse is missing, Early 17th century. Height 84mm.
A shibuichi tsuba decorated with two geese, one in shakudo, with the false signature of Nara Toshinaga, 19th century. Height 61mm.