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    I presented it to the board first; before the show; did not agree with Ford, etc. but kept my mouth shut. I am willing to believe I could be in error; figured Brian Tschernega, Robson (an NTHK judge), and Markus Sesko were a reasonably competent group to show it to in person. I talked in the bar to Haynes, but that was Thursday night before set-up. If I had had it with me then I would have shown it to him. Also was going to show it to Yoshindo, who is making some great tiny tsuba, etc., but he left early on Saturday. Some of you may know Blaine Navroth, Stephen Strauch, and Michael Bell, each of whom have been deeply involved in Japanese swords and furniture, for longer than those of you younger than 55 have been alive; they had the same opinion as the 1st 3 gentleman i mentioned. No one gave me a negative opinion; not one that had it hand. However, this board supposedly is for scholarly discussion, not ego; sadly it does not always rise to that level. Sterile technique seems to be valued over art; the cave paintings in France would be dismissed by this board as crude, since they were done probably by charcoals in firelight. john twineham
  2. Henry, thank you for the reference! Had not thought of wikipedia, but the description of elegance in the article is quite appropriate. Have only had it for a couple of days, but I can see where the simplicity, strength, and flowing curvature would have influenced Higo tsuba. A pleasure to look at it; a "gift that keeps on giving". john twineham
  3. John, Thank you! john twineham
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    Hi George: That is what Markus Sesko also thought at first: the blow up pictures are to illustrate. His original thought was perspective as was yours, however , the carving goes all the way down to the base material. Date Masamune was known as the "one eyed dragon of Oshu"; he supposedly did not even wear a patch in battle. He went blind in his right eye from infection around age 5 or 6, and supposedly plucked out his blind orb or had one of his samurai pluck it out, so it could not be grabbed in battle (around 18-22?) Anyway, I could be easily wrong; but an interesting theory/possibility. Yours, John Twineham
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    Hi Jeremiah - no, a mercury amalgam with gold; probably the most common way to "paint" with gold coloration, but I am no authority on jeweler's arts; ask Ford. Have been told it can be dangerous, with mercury being toxic. A few more pictures; 224125 is from the kashira, a poor photo hugely enhanced of the dragon eyes, the other 3 of the fuchi, one extremely enhanced of the eyes. Both to demonstrate the socket Yours, john twineham
  6. The dealer, who I have known for years at the San Francisco Token Kai, specializes in Tsuba (at incredible prices, I might add), thought it was a mid or late Muromachi Shoami when i bought it from him. At the price (including a custom box with carved cushion and perfect nakago ana support), was so absurdly low that it did not matter at all, whatever it is, for the quality, even without the box, and usually crappy pieces do not have $200 boxes. Now do I get to know??? Thank You! John Twineham .
  7. dimensions were 7.98 cm x 7.54 cm. .71 cm thick on edges. Thank You, John twineham
  8. Hope these pictures will be sufficient for some posters to help me with some information! Sometimes sending pictures from my cellphone to my computer seem to rotate them back to original orientation, even when I supposedly saved them after rotating to the edge up, so my apologies in advance for poor orientation. Thank You! john twineham
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    Thanks Steven! Appreciate your input very much (i also thought it was Chinese when I first saw it on the internet; Blaine Navroth said buy it!), i added the motif interpretation post as a side-light. john twineham
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    Also, the motif is Date Masamune: a one-eyed dragon missing the right eye, without a patch, on both the fuchi and kashira (closed eyes or missing in dragons tends to be left (non-dominant eye), and/or the inside eye from what i have seen; this is the right eye and outside eye). Markus had the opinion that motif was accurate. john twineham
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    Hmmm - fake; not the opinion of Brian Tschernega, Robson, or Markus, shown to them in hand at Token kai in Burlingame last week. Also Blaine Navroth, Stephen Strauch, and Michael Bell. Robson says possibly Mito; all others said hobbiest Samurai. The gold slop was some dealer trying to touch up gold; the underlying gold is heavy foil. Has 95% positive nanako; one area has reverse (indented); obviously not standard. Waves were probably overhead punch chisel, then finished with chiselling; once again nonstandard. john twineham
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    New acquisition, already shipped and arriving in a day or two. Wonder how it will look with a bit of super gentle soap and some water. Looks like may have had some damage, but pretty flashy -I like the waves on the kashira spilling down the sides and the construction of the lines of the interior of the waves on the fuchi. Any thoughts on possible artist/school would be appreciated to guide research. Thank you, John Twineham
  13. Thanks to all, and SteveM especially. The blade also had a tsunagi and full set of mounts, although i have no memory of what the koshirae looked like. Was interesting in that it was the only Inoue Shinkai katana I have heard of that had a horimono. Given the amount it sold for, it was either genuine or a very expensive fake. yours, john twineham
  14. Sold by father back to Japan through John Yumoto around 1964-65. Would like to know the details of the paper; know the signature is Kunisada 2 (Inoue Shinkai), but am interested in length, etc. Any information would be appreciated. Sorry for the orientation; flipped it 90 degrees and it still insisted on laying out this way. yours, john twineham
  15. My father sold an Inoue Shinkai katana back to Japan through John Yumoto in the mid 1960s for 6500$ (do not know gross or net). Was originally papered in 1948 by Hakusai Inami. It has a Fudo myo horimono (could have been added later). Has never shown up since, so was either treasured or a fake. My father only got it out of Japan after the war because of a legal nuance. If anyone is interested, I will take a picture of the paper and post it. john twineham
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