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  1. Am I seeing things clearly- have these fish or eels got a split fish like tail ? Eels tails are are not like that of a fish, are not split- at least not Australian eels- long fin and short finned. Roger j
  2. Thank you Geraint for your post and clarification. You are quite correct- what I saw as some sort of surface damage between the hitsu and kogai (and kodzuka) ana is indeed where cushions have been inserted ( and the punch marks I saw instead as damage ). Probably brass cushions but now discoloured to a copper hue ? Yes it looks like brass cushions. The cushions certainly appear to go right through, covering the iron core. As to some tachi tsuba having seppa attached and aligned using pins, I had no knowledge of this so thanks for pointing it out. Does it mean that this is a tachi tsuba ? Probably impossible to tell ? Again I want to thank you, Piers and Geraint for responding and for your information. Roger j
  3. That is really a lovely tsuba. Well done for having it. Roger j
  4. Here are some more shots trying to clarify the laminations. Roger j
  5. Thanks Piers for your interest which is always welcome. Yes, as well as I can tell that is how it looks- the two copper circular inserts sit on a thinned out circular iron layer(thinned out from the plates original thickness). That is how it seems to me and my wife as well. Unfortunately my eyesight is a long way from what it once was. I must say that the kogai and kozuka ana seem to show an evenly 3 layered construction- copper each side of iron I am surmising but in the hitsu ana, one side of the opening looks to be in order but looking at the other wall there is a gap between one of the copper plates and the iron. If it was all iron (which it is not) then you would think a welding together of the metal had failed- a cold shut I think it is called ? We tried to get a pic of this- maybe we should try again ? Roger j
  6. Simply described as "Yoshiro Tsuba....Edo Period". The attachment of the two copper inserts using rivets rather than being soldered in place interested me. I once read somewhere that it wasn't until the Dutch arrived in Japan in around 1600 and later that the Japanese learned how to solder metal to metal. Prior to that it was by riveting and or fukurin. Hence early san mei constructed tsuba were riveted. A good friend of mine (and yours) has a lovely example using this construction. Tsuba measures 71 x 67.5 x 5 mm and includes inlaid copper vines (?) and leafs. The precision of the inset of the two copper inlays/plates into the excavated iron base plate is very accurate. There is a little surface damage between the hitsu ana and the kogai (?) ana but mostly it is in fairly good shape. If any one would like to comment then I would as always be grateful.
  7. The same mentality as that of vandals at work in the Melbourne Public Library in the 1960s or 1970s who removed many wonderful plates from a number of historic books using a razor blade or such.Prints of animals and birds particularly. Just wrecked the books. Presumably to mount and sell on the Antique market which was very active at that time. Roger j
  8. It is a real bugger (can I say that ?) to see such a price paid for a fake piece because it only encourages the fraudsters to come up with more 'grist for the mill', more fraudulent tsuba to feed a not very discerning public. And experts get deceived as well. Sad really. Roger j
  9. I thought that you would have a better knowledge about these creatures Dale-thanks for that. As for your coming face to face with a huge King Cobra, I'm glad we don't see their sorts here in Australia. We have enough of our own problem ssssssssserpents. Roger j
  10. Are the water dragons shown above instead 'Naga'- water dwelling creatures in south east Asian folklore . Sometimes found skillfully carved on Indonesian kris blades (maybe Malay as well ) ? Also carved stone edifices at the entrance to important buildings. I think I am correct- Naga bodies are more serpentine with no legs or toes nor claws and but instead with bi-furcated tails. Do the two legendary animals get mixed ? Roger j
  11. I must be getting old (in fact I certainly am old) but it is disturbing to see posts that become personal or unpleasant. Playful is fun but aggressive isn't pretty to see or read. Just my thoughts. Roger j
  12. Talking about prices and values Steves87, with such phenomenally low interest rates here in Australia plus a gigantic National debt (only a very few years back we virtually had none), I thought Gary Murtha's pricing to be very fair (just my opinion and not a paid ad). Plus- if I don't get this one, where do I get another like it? But like all collectors find, sometimes something better does come along and you have already "shot your bolt, spent your money". Anyway, money and economics aren't my strong point ( amongst a raft of other weaknesses ) but will we see inflation, the printing of money in an attempt at watering down the Western world's debt ?. Roger j
  13. Thanks John and that tsuba is interesting to me and I wonder if in fact it might be older but I just wouldn't have any idea. The 8 apertures/piercings and the kozuka ana appear to my eyes to have been chiseled out and received not much if any filing to refine the finish and here once more the brass inlay design is naive and crude for mine. For all that, someone has taken the trouble to decorate a tsuba with piercings and brass inlay, no matter how roughly - I suppose for a poorer or less sophisticated client ? I realise that NMB tsuba collectors mostly are attracted to the best examples available but such as the above have a place in tsuba history and craftsmanship development. Roger j
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