First time poster here.
I've acquired an Edo Period –apparently 17th century – Iron tsuba.
Its dimensions are 7.76 / 7.45 cm
From what I have gathered by personal research:
-the motif of the tsuba are two sea cucumbers, which is a simple motif that has been favored by Miyamoto Musashi (1584 – 1645).
-it can be seen that sword blades have actually been changed/mounted more than one time on the tsuba. It likely went through more than one owner. Whether or not the tsuba served in battle is difficult to prove, but since the tsuba was apparently made during the 17th century, it is possible that is has seen the last few years of feudal war before peace. Tsuba made during the Edo period tend to be rather refined pieces of art, while this tsuba is rather practical and down to earth; which tends towards the initial owner being a warrior.
Now, -as I am really new to this - any additional input would be very welcomed : )