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  1. A remarkably similar piece up for auction now- same subjects and layout to Bruno's example but within a different frame and same design as Glen's first two mokko examples [top of this page]
  2. The first is Hamano school, the second is Nukagawa school [unsure if this Yasunori was the founder or a later pupil who used part of his name?] The last example is a piece by Iwamoto Konkwan 1755- 1801 and is described as "The poet Narihira unable to take his eyes from a contemplation of Mt.Fuji and its beauties. Narihira was a noble of the ninth century, renowned for his beauty and for his love for Ono-no-Komachi, an equally celebrated poetess. He is frequently depicted riding by her gate, playing the flute."
  3. Famous artistic piece by Salvador Dali? Or something left over from 'Flunked in Fire"?
  4. Roger I thought at first the hitsu might have been added later but when I checked the size of the openings it is apparent the hitsu was original to the design. The question arises when did hitsu begin to be used on guards? Tachi tsuba never had them originally, so your guard was made 'post' tachi times if Japanese, also the hitsu shape is archaic pointing back in time. However the Korean guards sometimes had openings for a 'bi knife' so it is possible your guard could be Korean but if Korean it is likely made after Japan invaded the region in 1592 and 1597 as the Koreans favored a double edge sword before this time and the guard clearly shows it was for a single edged weapon. Grev, if you change the 'm' to a 'n' you are right.
  5. A rare representation of a firearm on a sword fitting - never take a sword to a gun fight! And it can shoot around corners. pretty close to the real thing.
  6. Glen, x2? This one with some gold nunome - no signature, same time, same Bat channel. and I am not mentioning the source.
  7. Almost forgot this book has hundreds of tosogu designs. https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/34294-new-book-on-tosogu-designs/ https://www.amazon.com.au/Album-Designs-Metal-Carving-Chōsen/dp/1034179020 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/194113029556 https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=Chosen-gafu&sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-topnav-_-Results&ds=20
  8. [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.
  9. https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/AK-MAK-1095
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Damon it depends on how the craftsman planed the layout. Some nakago themed guards have the joiner others don't.
  17. 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!
  18. Cheeky Monkey price without the Monkey! https://www.ebay.com/itm/403718029785 One original pin for mounting in wooden base.
  19. 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")
  20. Barry - Shachi key ring! https://www.jauce.com/auction/w1014869886
  21. Peter, it is a thoroughly interesting topic. They came awfully close to cutting through the end of the seppa-dai on that last one!
  22. Wow great work Grev. Two Dutchmen - Portuguese? On the one guard here. [looks like an argument over a knocked off hat!]
  23. Peter, I don't know if this guard [196] from a Christies auction back in 1999 fits into the square hole format?
  24. Grev the grain in the wood and the handles - superb! [the metal straps are also better than mine, which I fear are made of old tins!] Piers, I fear some of the "nuttier" patina on mine might be peanut butter [or at least dried food stains ]
  25. Does a small tansu count as a box? Mine has some paper with script on the back, found it at a local antique show here in Tasmania [long way from it's original home] a few missing straps and one door plate is damaged. It houses my overflow tsuba collection.
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