A superb later Hoan-school Owari tsuba (or an Umetada tsuba) in classic go-stone shape.
The iron is excellent, with a deep patina and superb surface finish, with a composition of one tomoe sukashi and two tomoe engravings/etchings.
The attribution of this tsuba is not exactly easy. On one hand it might be a later Hoan work, on the other hand an Umetada guard. In the former case the absence of a signature might indicate a tsuba commissioned by a high ranking official (using a tomoe crest), in the latter case Umetada seems the best choice because of the quality of iron.
This is an opportunity to acquire a masterwork from the Golden Age of the Edo period. If you appreciate sublime workmanship and excellent iron in tsuba, this one is for you.
74 x 72 x 4 mm
Late 17th/early 18th century.
$1,650 incl. shipping, PayPal extra