A broad oval tsuchime-ji iron tsuba with an irregular rim, depicting in high relief a shibuichi snail with suri-hegashi gilding, the shell of copper with shakudo inlay, faintly signed Kongosai Gassan (Matsuo Gassan 1815-1875), a pupil of Otsuki Mitsu-oki. This tsuba was made for an exhibition, not for mounting, however it obviously attracted a samurai who had mounted it on a sword, adding the hitsu-ana. the iron plate is of better quality than that usually used by Kinko artists. Height 8.7cm.
A good very large rounded square copper tsuba depicting in iroe takazogan Hotei lying across his sack, shakudo rim,
signed Soshu Odawara ju Masakatsu and kao.19th century. Height 8.7cm.
A good Choshu tsuba signed Choshu Hagi ju Inoue Kiyotaka saku (17xx-17xx), he was the first Master of the Inoue school.
This tsuba is very interesting as it was made in the manner of the old Tsuba-ko using iron sand and not the normal factory
iron as was usual, there are small tekkotsu visible on the edge, the iron shows more grain than other tsuba of the period.
A large Kyo-Shoami tsuba depicting a Tiger and Bamboo in sukashi, some bamboo leaves in gold nunome which is in unusually good condition for Shoami tsuba of this period. Shakudo rim,18th century. Height 8.4cm. GBP450 #2105
An Owari tsuba with the classic design of Temple bells, Myoga and stylized clouds, 16th century. Height 7.7cm, thickness at rim 6.5mm, thickness at centre 5mm.
A good Kinai tsuba with roof tiles design, signed Echizen ju Kinai saku, 19th century. Height 8.5cm.
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 7.2cm.
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 7.5cm.
Pierced tsuba with a Gempei War subject, samurai in a boat, gold and silver inlay, two of the faces are slightly rubbed so
the price is lower to reflect this., 19th century. Height 7.5cm.
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 was 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 Goto Seijo school tsuba, carved in low relief with peonies and foliage with gold highlights, signed Goto Seijo and kao,19th century. Height 76mm. This Goto branch family was founded in the 17th century and worked mostly in iron, they broke the family rule that the Goto name should never appear on iron fittings. Height 7.6cm.
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 6.1cm.
A tsuba formed as a Buddhist waterwheel, probably Owari with very good iron and colour. Momoyama period
16th century. Height 7cm.
A three plate tsuba faced with copper? These are usually found in poor condition, this one is virtually mint, 19th cent.
A very large tsuba with Tembo style punches inlaid with a silvered skull and shimenawa, probably Mito work, 19th
century. Height 10.8cm.
A large Heianjo tsuba with a cushioned plate with brass and copper inlay, there are some losses of tendrils. 16th cent. 8.8cm.
A good Heian-jo tsuba signed Heian-Jo ju Nagayoshi, there were two generations of this artists n the 16th century, both well regarded. Height
Tembo tsuba. Accompanied by an NTK certificate dated Heisei 21 certifying the tsuba.
A fine iron Ko-Nara tsuba depicting a shishi and peonies in gold, silver and iron inlay, the thick plate with a broad shakudo
rim, the outer edge heavily gilt. The early work of this school was known for its Goto quality inlays on iron plate, as with
this piece. Height 7.5cm,17th century.
A fine and very large Shonai tsuba, the iron plate cushioned and inlaid with a tiger, dragon, bamboo etc in gold, silver
brass, the rim decorated overall with karakusa in brass inlay. Signed Shonai ju Washida Mitsunaka and dated to1854 (made
at the age of 19). See Shonai Kinko Meisakushu page 117 plate 143 for an almost identical tsuba. Height
A fine large Higo tsuba with kiri leaves in gold and silver nunome-zogan, the iron with a good colour, 19th century.