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#1 Robin

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 11:32 AM

Hello gents,

 

It's been a while since I got myself a new tsuba, but this one drew my attention...I like it a lot.

Will be my birthday present from my wife. Eagerly awaiting now. :)

 

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Photo's are from the seller.

 

Iron, 78,6 x 77,0 mm, thickness nakago ana 5,4 mm, rim 5,8 mm, nakago ana 28,9 x 8,4 mm, 95 grams, mumei.

Said to be Edo period.

 

I don't know about the school and age. Tried to match it, but far from sure what it can be (Echizen, Bushu-Ito, Higo....Shoami?)

Your wisdom will be appreciated....and hope you like it also. :unsure:

 

Robin

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 31 March 2019 - 12:07 PM

Don't know the school, but it is lovely! Congrats.


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Posted 31 March 2019 - 12:10 PM

Id love to help Robin, but im here to learn about it also. That is a wonderful Tsuba which id love to have myself, Congratulations and happy birthday!
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Posted 31 March 2019 - 01:15 PM

Robin,

 

i do confess i do not know at all!

This is indeed a fascinating Tsuba! I never had such seen in all those various collections i saw-nor did i have the possibility so to study such yet.....

 

from points evaluating its age.....i think, this is maybe older then the seller who sold it to you told you about....Edo yes....but early.( maybe Kanbun ? )

The overal taste of its arangement and execution of Seppa-Dai and Hitsuana clearly suggest a rather earlier piece here....Dito the shape of Hitsu-Ana and the cut-out and punch marks....

The iron is very good! Equally its general preservation.....

This Tsuba got well cared in its past history. A good sign!

 

A nice Tsuba!

 

my honest congratulations and a happy Birthday to you! :thumbsup: :) !

 

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 02:09 PM

Elegant. I wish to have it in my collection....
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Posted 31 March 2019 - 02:13 PM

Hi Robin,
the tsuba here below has at least a certain resemblance with yours, and got an attribution to Unshū Haruta.

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#7 Robin

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 03:27 PM

Thanks gentlemen! 

Nice to see I'm not the only one who likes it. (phew!)

 

Unshū-Haruta (Echizen, Izumo?)....that will be pretty obscure. I can't find much about this school. Intriguing!

 

Robin


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#8 TETSUGENDO

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 05:35 PM

Great piece Robin, a real rhythmic and dynamic piece of design, so much better than the  piece posted for comparison.

 

Cheers,

   -S-

p.s.-Birthday wishes, many happy returns of the day!


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Posted 31 March 2019 - 05:48 PM

This Dragon is absolut unique. Look he his holding his neck with his claw. Great Robin. Congratulation to such a nice Tsuba. And happy birthday.


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#10 Robin

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 07:09 PM

Thanks guys!

Still 5 weeks to my birthday, but it feels like it's today now. ^_^

 

Kinda strange nobody else bought it before I got the green light.

It was on ebay for at least a full week for a (very reasonable) fixed price...no bidding.

Lucky me!

 

Robin


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#11 vajo

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 07:11 PM

Looks like Matzu Kaze. Good buy Robin.


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 03:45 PM

Looks like Matzu Kaze. Good buy Robin.

Indeed, indeed.

 

And just one week later. :o

The typical Japanese (my experience anyway) fantastic customer service did it again!

 

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Boxed like they're sending the Crown Jewels

 

What's not to like?

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Over the moon with this one...floats my boat on so many levels. :)

 

Still wondering about the school and it's age, but can't have all the answers I guess.

 

Robin


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#13 Japan2112

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:40 PM

Very nice carving on that one. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 01:28 AM

Wonderful piece!


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 02:51 AM

Beautiful piece.
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#16 Robin

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 04:00 PM

Thanks guys!

 

Did a crazy lot of compairing to other tsuba. After eliminating....Owari, Akasaka, Proto-Akasaka...or perhaps Higo after all?

I asked Elliot Long...he will ask Robert Haynes.

When it turns out to be "just nice" it might go on my iaito...when it's "above just nice"...I won't do that of course.

 

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 08:49 PM

 

When it turns out to be "just nice" it might go on my iaito...

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#18 Brian Ayres

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 03:03 PM

It isn’t “just nice”. It’s “sooooo nice”. Have Kevin Adams make you an utsushi for your iaito.
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#19 TETSUGENDO

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 04:58 AM

Robin, you can do all the eliminating you like, your Tsuba is still as attractive and enthusiastically received the second time around.  Of course it would look great mounted on your iaito, but please no....its far to good for that.

 

:)

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 07:45 AM

Boy was i asleep at wheel on this one.
Great pickup Robin!



Dragon master envious.
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#21 Robin

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Posted 26 April 2019 - 09:16 PM

I just received the Haynes & Long verdict: "Ko-Shoami...a very nice piece".

 

I'll look after it and cherish it...so no iaito career for this one. :roll:

 

Robin


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#22 TETSUGENDO

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Posted 26 April 2019 - 09:29 PM

Good news Robin, the "thumbs up" is no surprise.  Glad to hear your beautiful Dragon has a, well deserved, toil free future ahead!

 

Cheers,

    -S-


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Posted 10 May 2019 - 05:57 PM

On Facebook a helpful soul just found this auction on Aoi Art...

https://www.aoijapan...XQ1D5I8lJzS0Fqs

 

It's a slightly smaller sister tsuba.  :o

 

NBTHK Hozon...attributed to the Myochin school.

 

Mine is nicer I think. :glee:


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#24 Stephen

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 06:40 PM

I think so too Robin.
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Posted 10 May 2019 - 07:03 PM

Your's is much nicer Robin.

 

But the AOI Tsuba would make a nice Set with yours.


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Posted 10 May 2019 - 08:29 PM

Your's is much nicer Robin.

 

But the AOI Tsuba would make a nice Set with yours.

I was afraid someone would mention that!

 

I'm sitting on my hands not to bid...but...but...argh ! :laughing:


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雨​垂​れ​石​を​穿​つ

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#27 TETSUGENDO

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 08:32 PM

Design and execution of you tsuba is more refined Robin...it stands alone, although a set would be interesting!

 

Cheers,

    -S-


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Posted 10 May 2019 - 08:57 PM

Robin the motif is not often seen. And how many chances you get to find another?


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Posted 10 May 2019 - 09:18 PM

argh!


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雨​垂​れ​石​を​穿​つ

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