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  1. Right side: 元里亭 Ganri-tei Left side: 宗隆(花押) Munetaka (kaō) I'm away from my books, so I can't verify the readings, but they seem pretty straightforward. Right side is the artists "art name" as you may know. Left side is the artists name.
  2. Price for an authenticated Muramasa... probably north of $30,000 nowadays.
  3. Written at the top 近江八景図鐔 おうみはっけいのずつば Tsuba showing the Eight Views of Ōmi Under this are written the names of the places where you can see the Eight Views https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Views_of_Ōmi
  4. I agree with John; well done. A few corrections and hints. 1. Take a look at where you've written "gomabashi", and the kanji to which you are pointing. There is a mistake there, and it may give you a clue as to one of your question marks. 2. I think the part after "Nakago" is referring to the number of mekugi-ana. It may be a typo in the original, or it may just be an abbreviationn that is well understood by sword afficionados. (Again, this may also give a hint at one of the question marks). 3. "Horimono" isn't the correct reading of this compound word. 4. "Nengo" is incorrect. Other than these minor errors, it looks good.
  5. The caption just says Yoshimune surrounded by his students/apprentices. (Yoshimune would indeed be the person who is seated).
  6. Or 為岡氏鍛之 Made for Mr. Oka
  7. As John says, Inshū Nagakuni 因州長國 (using a variant of 州 on the paper). https://glyphwiki.org/wiki/u5dde Pricing is dicey because we can't see much from these photos. Having older papers may also turn away some prospective buyers. Also, I don't know anything about Nagakuni from Inshū.
  8. Don't forget the "Den" in front of Kashū Kiyomitsu (in parenthesis) 伝(加州清光) It's hard to say for sure what the shinsa team was trying to say, but my guess is that the sword came with some provenance pointing to Kashū Kiyomitsu, and the shinsa team agreed that it could plausibly be Kashū Kiyomitsu, but that there were also other qualities in the sword that perhaps pointed away from Kashū Kiyomitsu. So the Den (Kashū Kiyomitsu) attribution seems to say, "we note the provenance of the sword, and we don't necessarily disagree, but we can't quite sign up unanimously to that judgment". Worth reading the following: https://blog.yuhindo.com/den/
  9. The kanji 広 is the simplified form of 廣. They are virtually interchangeable. The process of simplification was accelerated after the war, but the simplified versions existed from before the war. (In other words, its not an error.)
  10. Probably the young Yoshitsune (who goes by the name of Ushiwaka-maru in this story), who hears the koto being played by Jōruri-hime (princess Jōruri). He is charmed by the sound, and begins playing along with his flute. I have read on this forum that the numerals on the tsuba are likely museum acquisition numbers.
  11. You saw this thread? (It doesn't say if the owner was a Major or Colonel, it just says "officer"). Looks like he is eventually hoping to find a buyer.
  12. SteveM

    Tsuba meaning

    Yes, swallows. Tsubame (燕) in Japanese. Usually a symbol of spring. Here's another one like it. http://www.japansword.co.jp/gif/201305_3a.jpg
  13. Ahh - OK, that is the old white paper (Kicho Token).
  14. You are confusing the license (torokusho) with the authentication papers. This paper is the license. It just registers the details about the sword (length, inscription on it, number of peg holes). It makes no attempt to validate the authenticity of the sword. The green and white (etc.) papers are "authentication papers/certificates" issued by the quasi-official authenticating body (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozoen Kyokai - aka NBTHK). The NBTHK issues papers validating the sword's signature, or, in the cases where there is no signature, they will give their judgment on who made the sword, providing the sword is a real Japanese sword and is in reasonably good shape). More reading: https://new.uniquejapan.com/nbthk-nihon-bijutsu-token-hozon-kyokai-certification-paper-ranking/
  15. 成、城、誠、etc. It should be a location name, but neither 重成 nor 重城 ring any bells. I took a shallow dive to search for any togishi named Ichikawa, hoping that it would point me toward the location, but came up empty.
  16. It wouldn't be illegal for a shrine to sell a flag. It would just be unusual. Since these flags are highly associated with young men going off to war, it is unlikely that any shrine would want such an association now. Consider these as relics of an unfortunate past. Even the "rising sun" flags are not illegal to display in Japan. The Japanese do not consider the rising sun emblem to be problematic, and indeed it is still a part of the naval self-defence force insignia. It is the logo of Asahi Shinbun (newspaper), among other things.
  17. No, that shows the person to whom the paper was issued, and the date the paper was issued. There have been no changes in ownership after that. (At least, no changes recorded with NBTHK)
  18. The name of the owner goes in the above columns, and the date of entry goes in the bottom columns. The first date of registration goes in the 交付年月日 (Date of issue) column. Any change of ownership can be updated by putting the new owner's name in the other columns, and the date of the change is noted below in the 変更年月日 (Date of change) column.
  19. The red seal above is from Shibagaki Shrine in Osaka (柴籬神社之印). https://www.shibagaki.or.jp/
  20. Sukesada (祐定) is an accurate reading for the mei. Hard to say if this is from the koto era. There are many, many Sukesadas, and even more fakes. But this blade looks good for a first purchase. Caveat for the crack in the shinogi-ji. Even with the crack, I think I would prefer to have purchased this sword for my first purchase, rather than the dog I ended up with.
  21. I think it looks promising.
  22. It is a poorly cut "Kanemoto". There are a million smiths who used the name Kanemoto, so maybe one of them signed with this weird style. It looks a bit suspicious to me though. Note that Kanemoto is one of the most commonly forged signatures. As always, the sword is more important than the signature.
  23. The date is fine. It shouldn't be troubling to you. More importantly, the NBTHK thinks its fine.
  24. It was either an amazing bargain, or a wasted $1000. Looking at the tsuba close-up alone I was suspicious. Looking at the ensemble, I'm now a bit more curious about these. But I am always suspicious when there is a mei on an item/items and the owner pleads ignorance. Anybody savvy enough to set up a Yahoo Auction account is savvy enough to figure out a mei, one way or another.
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