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Steve Waszak

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Steve Waszak last won the day on September 7 2018

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  1. Wish I had one for everyone!
  2. Here is the lineage chart. Please note the correction to my original post above.
  3. Goto Shunjo (1740-1822) was the grandfather of the great Goto Ichijo. The lineage here begins with Goto Kenjo (1586-1663), the seventh mainline Shirobei master. This kogai is excellent in both its execution and condition, featuring fine, even nanako as a background for the long-earred rabbit motif. The eyes of the rabbit are inlaid in gold. There is very little wear evident. The overall presentation of this kogai is very pleasing, with the smooth contours of the form of the rabbit juxtaposed against the crisp, clear nanako work. The kogai is signed on the reverse, Goto Shunjo. Measurements are 21.1cm x 1.2cm. Circa late-18th century. Boxed. A very fine shakudo kogai. $850.00, plus shipping. CORRECTION! A fellow member with much more knowledge than I on the Goto lineage of fittings makers has corrected me with regards to the identity of the Goto smith who made this kogai. It seems there were two Goto Shunjo smiths, one who was also known as Mitsunaga (1634-1712). This is the actual maker of this kogai. He dates to roughly a century earlier than the later Goto Shunjo (Mitsukazu) who was Goto Ichijo's grandfather. So, the proper dating of this kogai is actually likely to be the latter part of the 17th century. Below please find an image of the chart detailing the lineage. Sorry for the error! And many thanks to the member who PM'd me with the correction! Steve
  4. Would anyone be able to read/translate this signature for me? Many thanks in advance... Cheers, Steve
  5. "Wednesday Special" price drop to $375 (plus shipping). This is a really good sword guard for that price!
  6. Thanks, Grev. Actually, Chris, it doesn't present with strong tekkotsu; however, the hammering of the iron is wonderfully nuanced and subtle. This is a very carefully made tsuba.
  7. Offered here is an iron tsuba with the Yatsuhashi theme from the Tales of Ise. Measurements are 6.8 cm x 4.5mm. The tsuba features kebori in a linear fashion, tracing the form of the bridge planks, with the kebori being punctuation by "wormhole" marks. This expression is reminiscent of Owari Sadahiro aesthetic sensibilities, but the ji-sukashi form of the guard would be a significant departure from Sadahiro work, as would the fact that it is unsigned. The facing of the rim is enhanced with a kebori groove that adds depth and texture to the piece. The rather stark layout of the design results in a boldness that belies its modest dimensions. Condition is excellent overall. Comes with a box that labels the tsuba as "Kyo-Sukashi," but I think it presents more of an Umetada expression than Kyo. I would place this work in the early-Edo Period. $450.
  8. Thanks, Jean. Grev, sorry you missed that one. But there is more to come, as I am rearranging my collection a bit, so be on the lookout! Cheers, Steve
  9. Tsuba is SOLD. Congratulations to the buyer.
  10. And the close-up of the rippled plate:
  11. A few more images in different lighting...
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