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  1. Thanks, Steve! You are right and I have found a similar piece: https://nihontou.jp/choice03/tousougu/tuba/562/00.htm
  2. Wish I had that tsuba, Curran ;)!
  3. First and last bump: EUR 190.00 plus shipping
  4. Dear all I woul like to sell a wakizashi/tanto sized tsuba showing two shachi with a tama pearl in their mouths. In my opinion, the body of the tsuba has been cast and the details including the mei were chiseled afterwards. Unfortunately, the tsuba has suffered from rust. The interesting thing about this piece is the design of two shachi which used to be placed on top of castle or temple roofs in order to protect them from e.g. fire. The signature reads Mitsusaru Saku (光猿作) Dimensions: 7.0 cm x 6.8 cm x 0.45 cm Asking price: EUR 220.00 (including a 5%-donation to the NMB but excluding shipping & PayPal fees) Shippings costs (including insurance and tracking) are: Germany: EUR 4.99 EU: EUR 13.99 Worldwide: EUR 37.99 Best Chris
  5. Tsuba No. 3 is a steal at that price!!! Best Chris
  6. Bruno by using some Japanese kanji (Mino Tsuba = 美濃 鍔), you can find plenty of pictures via Google - like this one: https://blog.goo.ne.jp/tsuba_001/e/ff2d0e3ed1555c36fc0147c62b29aac2 Best Chris
  7. My guess would be early Edo Mino workmanship - neither the nanako nor the carving do look like Gotō to me. A really nice tsuba! Best Chris
  8. I will have to return this piece to its owner soon - would be very sad to see another quality tsuba remaining unsold on the NMB... the owner did not agree on any sort of discounts (which I can very well understand). Best, Chris
  9. This may help: a picture of the Hozon Papers:
  10. Thank you, Chris and Ken! The tsuba is still available .
  11. Dear all today, I have been asked to list a very special tsuba from an old German collection that has fascinated me for quite a long time. The tsuba has been attributed to the Akasaka school and ticks the relevant kantei boxes (maru-mimi, shape of the seppa-dai, different sizes of the hitsu-ana, color and quality of the iron). The attribution has been confirmed by the NBTHK. If you take a closer look at the design, you will recognize that the hitsu-ana are actually small karigane flying right thorugh the Myoga mons. This clearly shows that the Akasaka craftsmen were also masters in terms of composition. The pictures have not been photoshoped - it is just the pure quality of Akasaka steel which can be seen in the pictures. Dimensions are: 7.8 cm x 7.5 cm x 0.6 cm The asking price is EUR 950.00 (including a small donation to the NMB; excluding shipping costs and PayPal fees) - due to the very modest asking price, there will not be any discounts on this piece. Shipping costs are Germany EUR 5.99 (insurance amount: EUR 500) / EUR 11.99 (insurance amount covers the asking price) EU EUR 15.99 (insurance amount: EUR 500) / EUR 29.99 (insurance amount covers the asking price) Worldwide upon request Best Chris
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