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#1 Ed

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:27 PM

...on this tsuba mei? It has me stumped.

 

On the right side the first character looks like it could be the naga character 長, as seen in Choshu. The second, I have no idea, certainly not shu. 

 

After from the "Tomo" character I am leaning toward a variant of Yoshi 好 as seen on pg. 2011 of Haynes, H. 10179.0 - 1081.0.  But that is just a wild guess.

 

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 08:06 PM

Might just be my phone but the mei has a rounded feel to it as in cast.

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#3 Ed

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:58 AM

Nah, it ain't cast.  It is hard to translate though  :laughing: .


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 04:36 AM

Evidently nobody else is giving it to go! ;)

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:20 AM

I think only Morita san would get that second kanji.


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:30 AM

I think the left hand side last character is a kao

With one of mt mei I looked through every 'Haynes' mei for a kao and eventually found a match so it may be worth a search


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:49 AM

Hi,

長藩 "Chohan" (Choshu clan).

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友信 (Tomonobu + kao).
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 11:54 AM

:clap: :clap: :clap:

Would never have gotten that.
Tomonobu seems a common Choshu name though. Have one myself.


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#9 Surfson

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 01:41 PM

It looks like a very nice tsuba, but I'm partial to Choshu work.  Thanks for the lesson Morita San!


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 01:55 PM

:bowdown:  Morita Sama, Thank you very much for your translation assistance. You are "The Man" !!!   :thumbsup:

 

Grev, thanks for your attempt, I was aware that was a kao, but should have stated that to avoid confusion.

 

It was the "Han" and "Nobu" characters which were killing me. I don't know that I would have ever figured out those two. They had me doing the old  :bang:

 

I thought the tsuba had a Choshu feel, but couldn't pin point it.

It is a nice little tsuba, unusual in that it depicts a crab with the orchid.  Have seen many with either, but this is the first one I have seen with this pairing. Only downside is it has a little of the patination rubbed off on a few high spots. Nothing major, but still.

 

Here is a photo if anyone is interested:

 

 

 

 

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:33 PM

And here is my CHOSHU NAKAI iris leaf tsuba for comparison.

 

BaZZa.

 

Choshu Nakai iris leaf tsuba front.jpg

 

Choshu Nakai iris leaf tsuba mei closeup.jpg

 

There should be a gold KAO but it has worn off, or been removed.  A remnant can be seen.


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#12 Ed

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:40 PM

Baz,

Nice and very similar, even signed "chohan" as mine is.  I think yours , like mine depicts ran or orchid opposed to iris.


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:59 PM

Grass Orchid.

 

Nice. My wife had one of these. I've seen the design at least a dozen times, but never one with a design element at the bottom like that crab.

That is unique.


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