This is the first time I have offered anything for sale on the NMB. I was fortunate to recently acquire a number of great items from a private collector who purchased the pieces between about 1978-1981, and who has kept them stored away since then. This includes some really fine tsuba, kozuka, and other items. This rare kogatana was purchased in 1981 directly from Masamine-san by the person I acquired it from, and while that person was visiting Masamine-san's home/shop in Japan with John Yumoto and a few other collectors. Also included as an added bonus is the white silk cloth personally signed by Masamine-san and given to the original owner as a gift at the time. I believe Sumitani Masamine was elevated to the status of Living National Treasure in 1981, the year this was purchased. I believe the horimono dragon on this piece was carved by Mukansa horimono carver Kokeguchi Sensyu. I understand that Masamine-san and Kokeguchi Sensyu have both unfortunately passed. A kogatana by Sumitani Masamine with horimono (not a dragon motif) carved by Kokeguchi Sensyu sold on an Aoi-Art auction (I believe around June) for around $3777.
This great piece has been in a private collection for 34 years and it has never been offered for sale until now. I am offering this package for a brief period of time to the NMB community for $3,100. In addition, the buyer must pay shipping and insurance costs. If it sells, I will donate $100 to the NMB. This is a rare opportunity to add a Living National Treasure piece to your collection, without having to spend $15,000-$25,000 for one. If seriously interested, or if you have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)