Bought this tsuba to mount on a sword for cheap(junk) price.
When i received it in hand, it was a surprise to see how thin it is compared with late edo tsubas i have.
Unfortunately, it seem to have been coated with some kind of laquer, so i can't appreciate the patina.
Another thing to notice is the weird position of the kozuka ana towards the nakago ana(added after?) and the wakizashi size(6,5x6,5x0,2/0,3), but also the mimi is covered with copper.
Do you think it's an early guard or a later production with the same style?If this was one of those early tsubas at some point, could it be resized to fit a wakizashi(thus the copper covered mimi)? Is the design a dove? Any recommendations about getting that ugly shiny laquer off? It resist quite good the toothbrush,the texture remind me to the laquer spray used in painting.