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  1. I know that Yoshioka Inaba no Suke works sometimes have dragons wrapped around the mimi, but this does not look like their work otherwise. Unusual and nice tsuba. Mark
  2. Thomas and Kyle, Thank you for your further research and assistance. It seems that the mei at the upper right may be a good match indeed. From further research the tsuba may be one from the Umetada Kyoto artists group, by its kanji "Ume"(埋)and that the Chinese script of kiri/to and hana/ka read together as toka spelling out "Paulownia Blossom" is also something I understand that was sometimes done in Kyoto. The Kano school style of landscape on the ura also supports a Kyoto attribution. Maybe Myoju's younger son (i.e. #2 in Fukushi Shigeo's line up that Kyle contributed) or at least his lineage - early Edo? (Kanbun or Enpo 1661-1681). Anyways, I am enjoying this tsuba even more with a better handle on the maker's possibilities. Best Regards, Mark
  3. Japan2112

    Tsuba boxes

    Very clever. I just hauled a group of tsuba to and from the Chicago area sword show in a back pack. The repurposed brief case looks to be a much better option.
  4. Thanks Thomas and Curran. I don't know much about Umetada tsuba, but this one is so strong that it drew me in. The Chicago show was a delight. I hadn't been for four years or so and glad that I made time for it. Best Regards, Mark
  5. Hello all, I picked up this tsuba while at the Chicago Show last weekend. Can someone help me with the naming and meaning of the two nunome zogan characters on the omote? I think that this is the Shichizaemon Tachibana Shigeyoshi working in Kyoto around Kanban (by the character 埋 "ume") and not the one working later (around Genroku) in Edo. Can I obtain an opinion here as well? (Color is true in the full omote pic). 83 mm h x 82 mm w x 6 mm t (at rim) 206 grams Thanks for looking and for any assistance. Mark
  6. I definitely wish to visit the museum. Hopefully once things quiet down. I know that many people, including Markus Sesko, had contributed to the display and its curation, and so . it promises to be something great. Mark C
  7. I look forward to the show, some treasures, and old friends. Only a week away.
  8. My deepest condolences to family and those in his circle. R.I.P. my friend.
  9. The war time koshirae with silver mon is really great. The polish shows everything (mostly). I, too, like the ashi as is.
  10. Bob was a good man who unselfishly gave the Florida martial arts and nihonto communities many years of his friendship and knowledge. Bob's passing is sad news to his many friends and students. Condolences to Bob's family. RIP.
  11. Oh, man. Such great stuff to behold. Congratulations all. I will add two tsuba. Firstly, a nidai Akasaka Tadamasa. the second from 2010 but a great comparison to Bob's Akasaka futo hiki ryo mon and kiri - Akasaka sandai with Kanzan Sato hakogaki. Best Wishes for continued health and success in 2022!
  12. Hi all, I am looking for some information on and the purchase of: Akasaka Tsuba-Tadatoki Daibetsu no Kenkyu, 1977 by Maruyama Please PM me if you have a copy, preferably for sale. Thank you.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Saotome? Matsukaswa bishi (pine bark) mon
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