Pics of the 2 tsuba meant to be posted yesterday.
The spoked tsuba is 67 x 63 x 4mm. There was a similar but slightly larger example sold earlier this year (or late last year) by Gary Murtha I think.
The tsuba with tendrils, leafs (should that be leaves?)and flowers is 68 x 60 x 5mm. Does anyone think the brass colors of the vines differ from that of the leafs and flowers ? I can't decide myself and would like know what you think.
I would welcome comments also as to the relevance of a tsuba's size to collectors if any member would care to comment.
Personally I particularly like these two pieces and the fact that they would be mounted on smaller swords is of no issue with me but should I think differently ?
A further observation is the amount of work the craftsmen have gone to- the floral inlay for one and the cutting of the spoke apertures as well as the inlay on the other. I think Ford Hallam remarked that (jewellers type ?) piercing saws didn't get to Japan before the end of the 1800s which I presume post dates this work ? So how did the Tsuba smith cut out the spokes ?
Trusting you are all OK with my questions and thank you.