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  1. Here is a pair of thick Akasaka iron tsuba- a large and small similar dynamic design - geese in a cloud filled sky. I would say godai (nidai Tadatoki) era. Great for mounting or enjoying as is. I'd like to sell them as a pair and keep them together. $950. box included + shipping and PayPal fees. I can sell world wide. All sales are final. dai 7,62 cm (h) x 7,06 cm (w) x 6,89 mm (t) at rim sho 7,05 cm (h) x 6,80 cm (w) x 6,23 mm (t) at rim Thanks for looking. Mark
  2. Good comments by Fred. he has taught everybody a lot over the years. Grey has the book Fred refers to for sale on line - Chic Sukashi Akasaka Tsuba by the Sano Museum. Not early (ko) Akasaka is my thought and I agree with what Curran suggests the NBTHK would say - Akasaka. Maybe from the Tadashige atelier (1780 or so) by its tribute to the Higo design of plum branch and moon, thickness of< 2 bu, and shape (tate maru gata). - a Tadanori looking seppa daii? Below is an image taken from a 1995 article authored by Bill Miller for the Florida Token Kai regarding similarities between Higo Hayashi and Akasaka works. Nice tsuba.
  3. Saotome? Matsukaswa bishi (pine bark) mon
  4. Hello Florida Japanese Sword enthusiasts, Every once and a while a core group of us meets informally to share our treasures, discuss Nihonto, and learn from each other. Saturday, October 23 at 1:00 -4:00 in Vero Beach we'll meet again. I know of a handful of nice swords (Morisuke, Katsumitsu, Kaneshige, Masamitsu..) will be on display as well as some high end iron tsuba and kinko. If you might be interested in attending, please PM me and I can share more details. Best Regards, Mark
  5. I think early to mid November is a good slot. Through the grapevine I'd heard that the Orlando show may be moving to a February date in 2022. Maybe a good idea to check. Best Regards, Mark
  6. Hard to find for sure. How about this one? Similar design, 100% intact ten zogan.
  7. Oh yes, always ready to visit a new samurai venue. Def will visit when opened. Best of luck with your endeavor.
  8. Just chiming in to add my support for Moses Becerra here in Florida. (nihontoantiques.com) He has done some polishing work for me with great results. His shirasaya and habaki are also very good. Best, Mark
  9. I really like that tsuba too, and the arrow theme. It gives an impression similar to old woodblock designs of a warrior amid a hail of arrows. What are its dimensions, and what makes this Aizu Shoami?
  10. A huge bummer. Sorry to hear.
  11. Yojimbo is a good one. Pretty raw, but those were the times - living by your wits. In the Samurai book I mentioned The Magnificent Seven and A Few Dollars More do get compared as poor "remakes" of Kurosawa's originals. IMHO it's an apples to oranges comparison if one considers the vast difference between Japan's Sengoku jidai and the American Wild West. All good viewing, with John Sturges evoking the idea that... "imitation is the best form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness." Oscar Wilde.
  12. iphone with photoshopped background. Regarding the motif observations, Owari (but mostly Kanayama) will have that North/South and East/West presentation of complimentary objects- geese with fudo, gourds with ginkyo, temple bells with pine... The tsuba Colin presented has those suhama shapes (its name alludes me today) typically seen in Owari and, of course, the geese. Mine I think are fern bracken with hats. Both have tall seppa dai seen more in Kanayama than the general Owari.
  13. I will bet that most Nihonto enthusiasts have seen this film by Akira Kurosawa (1954 B&W, subtitled), but perhaps not all newcomers. It is just about my favorite movie and gives a lot in understanding the culture of Japanese society in the late Muromachi Period. I've just finished reading (again) my copy of Seven Samurai written by Joan Mellen published by BFI Film Classics. I think I may have gotten it thru Amazon five or so years ago . Anyways it is a very interesting commentary on Kurosawa, his film and viewpoint of Japanese society of the time. I highly recommend this enjoyable read. Best Regards, Mark
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