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  1. Hi Tony, Recently I wrote someone saying that there hadn't been too many higher end pieces posted in the fittings section. That statement got popped like a soap bubble. I've seen this design be Shozui on 2 or 3 tsuba. One is published in one of the collection books: Hartmann, Lundgren, Carlos Monziono? Then I saw a great one behind glass at the 2014 DTI. Yours might be the one I saw then? If I were to ever own another Shozui, I think this is the design I would want to own. Well done.
  2. Cidatel and Ral Partha- Woah. Flashback for me too Mark. I had almost forgotten those names. I still miss getting that fat issue of Dragon magazine in the mail once a month.
  3. I absolutely agree with that. Of all the Owari related schools, I confess I have studied Yamakichibei the least and heavily rely upon Steve's body of work and opinions. I do know the Norisuke line and workmanship fairly well. While initially copiest and often directed by the Tokugawa to do so, the Norisuke -Futagoya usually signed anything likely to be confused for the original. They also subversively changed the geometry a bit, especially the thickness and the texture along the mimi. Thus, I feel a large part of the Yamakichibei attributed to 'Futagoya' are neither mainline Yamakichibei nor Futagoya copies. I'd defer to Steve as be the ultimate judge. I simply can say 'not Futagoya'.
  4. I don't believe it exists. The Owari To Mikawa book has about 70 pages on Norisuke, and fine examples. I think it a far superior work on the topic. Also, The Art & Sword Vol 3 long article on Owari tsuba provides an excellent read on the Shodai and Nidai. Finally, the free PDF format article I wrote on Norisuke: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/2a15640d-5365-4d73-99cb-6cf30232bead/downloads/Shodai and Nidai Norisuke CCC and PG collabor.pdf?ver=1601600024697 Norisu
  5. Absolutely beautiful pour kettle or pot. Unfortunately, not Tsuchiya Yasuchika- as mentioned earlier in this thread. Yet pretty great work. Total pleasure to look at it.
  6. Hi Barry, Your question would probably be better answered in the -Military Swords of Japan- forum section of NMB. The hilt of yours looks very odd to me, but I rarely deal with anything post Meiji. The guys in the Military section can probably quickly tell you a lot more.
  7. It is more likely they are from the 1970s or early 1980s. They would be common in bookstores and gaming stores. My friends and I painted many of these when we were kids on into tween years. I built a similar "diorama". Eventually I scrapped it, but I kept a few of the figures as tokens of childhood.
  8. That is really a great pipe. The only thing I have collected longer than tosogu has been Dunhill and Peterson silver banded pipes. Richard's pipe is a great intersect of my main interests.
  9. Respect to Steve for all his help with translations.
  10. Sesko-sama, I eagerly look forward to them. Thank you for your Herculean efforts. Curran
  11. It looked very modern to me, but hats off to Christian S. for the solid evidence.
  12. Others better than me will help, but, to get the ball rolling, your sayagaki starts out "Echizen Kuni __?___ tsugu." Pretty likely a student of the Yasutsugu line? https://www.nihonto.com/the-yasutsugu-school-康継系/ This is where the fluent guys come in and fill in the kanji I don't know off the top of my head.
  13. Curran

    Peony and lion dog

    Oh, the "Ko-Mino" menuki again. Very pretty. Yeah, this is their third time on Aoi Arts this past decade. They keep coming back. Twice within the last year or so. This time, another price bump- but it has bids. Caveat Emptor.
  14. Curran

    Peony and lion dog

    ? I don't see them.
  15. Kake? https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/search/search?auccat=&tab_ex=commerce&ei=utf-8&aq=-1&oq=&sc_i=&p=刀掛け&x=38&y=22 Not ein kuchen (cake), although those are nice too.
  16. Hi Steve, Yeah, it is supposedly a Torigoye hakogaki and indicated as mumei- so I don't think it is a specific name. I was trying to figure the best way to cycle through a lot of school names. I will probably make a best effort with Super Markus Sesko's books tonight. Torigoye-san much have been on his second bottle of sake when he wrote this one. Nice box with one of the more expensive raised pads for floating the tsuba, but the hakogaki is fluid to the point of being partially illegible to my western eyes. I keep my tsuba in heavy padded sleeves and just store the boxes separate until time to sell one or put it on display. I'm concerned I might have sold the tsuba without the box. I've twice sold tsuba forgetting to mention they had NBTHK papers, so forgetting the matching hakogaki box would be typical of me. I have another box with hakogaki for a Hazama tsuba I am pretty sure I sold to someone in Arizona or New Mexico last year.
  17. C'mon stalwart men and women of NMB! Give me a little help here. Even with my reading glasses on, I cannot figure out what school or attribution he was trying to give. Not Shoami, nor many of the other more common ones. Anybody able to give me a clue?
  18. Hi dear NMB members, I can read most of the standard stuff on a hakogaki, but I cannot read the handwriting on the attribution for this box. Mumei tsuba- but what is the school or attribution? The handwriting is beyond my eyesight to decipher. Thank you for any help. Curran
  19. Mito. As Pietro said.
  20. If you care enough, get a horsehair brush (non synthetic) and give this a good brushing now and then. Over time (years?), the appearance will dramatically improve. The lead plug will re-darken. This works better on some irons and patina with others. The iron of yours and you being in Arizona make this one that I believe will be a very responsive candidate. It will need air flow, but not direct sunlight. This is to say, if you want to improve the appearance, don't throw it in a drawer or store it in a box in its current condition. I think you would be surprised by before / after pictures with a little non artificial TLC over 2 years.
  21. Yes, I figured as much. I am refraining from posting much on NMB, and hesitated to reply. Yet I did on this one. I had the link as one I sometimes search. My logic is that you can see what you like in Japan, take a screen shot and post it here, and see if someone can decently meet your needs. OR there is sea-mail. Slow, but it works. If you aren't too picky and mean nearly any beater tansu with a drawer able to support two heavier swords, then maybe you will have some luck here. Otherwise your best bet is trawling through eBay on a regular basis. My intent is to help clarify your request. I hope you find what you are seeking.
  22. Just a general aid link: https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/search/search?p=刀掛け&va=刀掛け&exflg=1&b=1&n=100&s1=bids&o1=a&mode=1 Click on it every week or two and follow what auctions you'd like to get a good pricing guide. Sometimes a good one comes up for sale, though may cost more than $210. I picked up mine this way. Signed and dated 1754 from a carpenter shop in Japan, and yes it has a drawer with original hardware.
  23. Omiya Bizen. Absolutely lovely. Beautiful feel to them. I've long been a fittings collector, but the one sword I have here on the kake is Omiya (Oei) Bizen Morokage, in sashikomi. This Morikage is uncle or granduncle to mine. The kesho throws me a bit, but I bet the jigane is probably hypnotic to the eye as you travel up or down the blade. (-- added a picture of Omiya jigane c. Oei period, late Nambokuchu or early Muromachi)
  24. Nice. Someone please buy this. To me, it is priced for the cost of the fittings- if not even a bit below that.
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