I have acquired a number of fittings from a private collector who purchased them over 30 years ago. I understand they have never been offered for sale during that time. This tsuba is similar to the one listed on Aoi-Art right now for 235,000 JPY (conversion = approx. $1,913.80 US), listed as item number F15187. This tsuba measures approximately 2-3/4" (6.9cm) high by 2-9/16" (6.6cm) wide. The condition is very good (IMHO), with a nice shakudo finish and gold inlay work. It comes with the tsuba box. Price: $1,200, plus buyer also pays shipping and insurance costs.
NOTE: Because we are heading into the holiday season, and knowing there will be numerous other demands on everyone's finances, I am going to offer members a short term payment option on this piece. If preferred, the buyer can pay a non-refundable, one-half ($600) deposit at the time of purchase through paypal to hold the piece. The remaining $600 balance, plus the shipping and insurance costs, is to be paid on or before January 20, 2016 via paypal. Upon receipt of the balance and insurance/shipping costs owed, I will ship the item to the buyer right away.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at: email@example.com.
Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)