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  1. [One drop missing from the last image from John B above.] Damon you might pick up the difference two little drops of water can make to the 'pot' design. From a sold lot - https://www.japaneseswordbooksandtsuba.com/store/holbrook-tsuba/h272-akao-school# Described as Akao school This design is certainly popular - https://www.christies.com/lot/a-round-iron-kyo-shoami-tsuba-edo-period-5618009/?intObjectID=5618009&lid=1 and back to the full drops on this Christies auction piece. Described as Kyo-Shoami school. So it looks like the design had its own little changes depending on the artist.
  2. https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/AK-MAK-1095
  3. Colin - https://www.jauce.com/auction/h1053036999 https://www.jauce.com/auction/r1049698764 https://www.jauce.com/auction/o1049691586 https://www.jauce.com/auction/v1053611883 - might be a mouse? I have one like this, not sure if this one is still for sale?
  4. I agree with Grev. I can't see that your guard has been cut down and there are many guards that even though odd shaped, were designed that way to start with. You have a rare form that is a worthy collection piece. [I love the odd ones!] Did you acquire the piece in Europe? It might have been in a European collection from the 19th/20th century, owners often stuck paper labels on their pieces.
  5. This guard is having a bit of an orientation problem, The way the nakago-ana is cut, allows it to be fitted either way around. Not sure this guard fits in with the thread but it does have a cross shape hole? From a Bonhams auction 2010 https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/17945/lot/307/?category=list&length=12&page=1
  6. An old thread here with some 'odd' nakago-ana. That first guard looks very roughly finished, perhaps a country blacksmith in China? The one with the undercut scrolls certainly looks namban but that nakago-ana is not for a Japanese blade - Chinese or Korean?
  7. The circular 'dots' often represent water drops or dew - understandable on the wave and jar guard as well as the plant leaves one. Perhaps something else on the nakago one? Water is not something you would associate with sword tangs after all. One here in a similar vein to the leaves design.
  8. Looks like a lot of wear over a long long period. Some niku by the looks of it on the edges and some spots where it is worn away. Too difficult to tell where it was originally made - a piece worthy of further research. You might like this altered example to add to the list.
  9. Damon it depends on how the craftsman planed the layout. Some nakago themed guards have the joiner others don't.
  10. PDF of Joly's "Legend in Japanese Art" - it's a big read with lots of side references. Two versions https://archive.org/details/legendinjapanese00jolyuoft https://archive.org/details/legendinjapanese00joly_1 Also https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30882826059&cm_sp=rec-_-pd_hw_i_1-_-bdp&reftag=pd_hw_i_1 Sculpture on Japanese Sword-fittings Brinkley, Captain F. 1908 [reprint 2017] Virtually no illustrations in the book however. [I should know, I republished it!] Do not buy this book for more than $10 - you will be ripped off!
  11. Cheeky Monkey price without the Monkey! https://www.ebay.com/itm/403718029785 One original pin for mounting in wooden base.
  12. Changed my mind - Feathers,- hey but it is not just me! Good old Google is a bit confused as well. Well we can discount Onagadori (Japanese: 尾長鶏, "long-tailed chicken")
  13. Barry - Shachi key ring! https://www.jauce.com/auction/w1014869886
  14. Peter, it is a thoroughly interesting topic. They came awfully close to cutting through the end of the seppa-dai on that last one!
  15. Wow great work Grev. Two Dutchmen - Portuguese? On the one guard here. [looks like an argument over a knocked off hat!]
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