I have stumbled into a little collection of five tsuba. Although an avid collector of 17th-19thc western tools, early Canadiana, and a few other things, these are my first tsuba, and it is no understatement to say that I know nothing about them. At the moment I have some books on order from my library about tsuba, however I am hoping some folks here might be able to give me their thoughts on the tsuba I have acquired. My instinct is that they are more resent tourist pieces, and not "genuine" examples made for domestic consumption, however as I said, thoughts from individuals more learned on the subject then myself would be appreciated.
They came from an ethnographic collection that belonged to a Dutch gentleman who traveled extensively in the east in the 1940s-50s. All of the items in the gentleman's varied collection were documented on small cue cards with watercolours of the items (I have not included photographs of the cards on account of photo restrictions). At any rate the tsuba, and a couple fuchi that also came with the collection (the latter also not shown) are at least as old as the 50s...
One of the tsuba is marked with a small tag that reads "KINAI-KURU 17th IRON". As can be seen in the photographs the central body of this piece appears to be one piece, and the outer band surrounding it, an other. This is confirmed by a slight looseness of the outer band.
P.S. If only one side of a tsuba is shown in the photographs it is because there is no signature present on the obverse.