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#1 Aldwin


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 01:13 PM

Hello everyone!

I have 2 iron mokko tsuba with brass fukurin that I purchased from 2 different sellers from Japan. No further information provided by the sellers except for the usual "Edo period".

The larger one measures 7.4 cm in diameter and nakago-ana is 2.9 cm, while the smaller one measures 6.8 cm in diameter and nakago-ana is 2.7 cm. Could these be a daisho tsuba? Or are they both for a wakizashi?


Any information regarding school and estimate period are greatly appreciated!


Thank you very much.



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#2 dominnimod


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:10 AM

Likely not a daisho, simply 2 tsuba with the same design and work , samurais were fashion victims.

I mean, you can mount them as daisho tsuba, and they will look great, but actual daisho tsubas were not about merely being identical,

they had to complement each other, they had to add to the general composition, if that makes sense.

Make a bigger, better design the two together.


Of course, here i am speaking of those tsuba exclusively made as a dasiho.

Samurais also carried daisho with tsubas wich simply were of the same school and theme,

if you search daisho tsuba in google, you will find tons of examples of this last practice.

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#3 Aldwin


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 08:31 PM

Thanks for the reply. I realized that they're not daisho tsuba after admiring and staring at them for a long time. Though it would be nice if they were.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 08:49 PM

But they would work as such if mounted.


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#5 Aldwin


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Posted 05 July 2017 - 05:21 PM

Thanks for your reply, Stephen.


Any information about the school and estimate period?


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Posted 05 July 2017 - 09:00 PM

Hi Aldwin,

here below a tsuba with similar decoration papered Shōami (when you don't know, say elephant or Shōami...):


Helen Gunsalus in her "Japanese Sword-Mounts in the Collections of Field Museum" (1923) take this kind of decoration as an early type (see https://archive.org/...age/28/mode/2up)


I don't like the Shōami-take-them-all theory but I what I know?

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