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  1. Dear members, i have listed the attached 20th century utushi of the famous ( and very expensive) Jingo Hawk design. This one is exceptionally well made and a nice alternative to the originals for those of us who are not millionaires:- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/254696190778 i also still have my late Edo period Jingo dragon available at a sale price - with free delivery for message board members available on both items. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/254696027736 Thanks for looking - I am happy to answer any questions and send further details on request. Kindest regards Michael
  2. I just see absolutely stunning examples of the work of the first two Hayashi masters - No 5 I think I would consider doing anything short of murder to obtain. No3 is a rare signed Shigemitsu ( 2nd Hayashi ) which is I am pretty certain Juyo rated ( as is no 5 for certain ) the pictures do no justice to the iron quality but do serve the purpose for design comparison. very interesting post kindest regards Michael
  3. Michael 101

    eBay regrets

    I rather like this one - and for its original owner to bother adding a shakudo insert to one of the hitsuana I think he did too. the carving is slightly naive but I think it gives it more charm than more precise work. From its carving style and the seppa dai shape I would think Hizen. nice find ! Michael
  4. Thank you. the tsuba itself was rumoured to have originally come from a shrine in the Kyoto region - do you think the signature is a person or a place? kindest regards Michael
  5. Dear members could anyone assist with the signature on the attached tsuba box ? a translation would be really helpful and should anyone know anything about the author / collector and could share it would be greatly appreciated. no hakogaki just a noted to 2nd Jingo on the lid with this signature and seal on the inside. Kindest regards Michael
  6. Hi Ray, i think this might be the Hosoge flower. Hosoge meaning noble or precious flower, a stylised ( not real ) flower based on the lotus / Chinese peonies and introduced as a Buddhist motif in Japan around the 8th century AD. Here is variation on a 2nd Jingo example. very popular design on Jingo tsuba especially on their wan shaped ( hizen influenced ) tsuba so might be some connection here and more knowledgeable member could expand on. kindest regards Michael
  7. Two Jingo examples showing clouds 1) signed 3rd master. 2) Reverse side of an unsigned 5th master. Michael
  8. Hi Les, I certainly do not recall seeing any Jingo daisho either in person or published apart from the set you have and suspect they are very rare indeed. I agree that yours are unlikely 2nd master and more probable 3rd or 4th. Great find. Dirk - a truly great tsuba with a very powerful atmosphere and the portrayal of the geese is just perfect and couldn’t be anyone other than the first master. Im pleased too see your still enjoying that one. Kindest regards Michael
  9. Lovely example Dirk, so what with your 1st master, Currans 2nd master I better add a 3rd master Jingo. happy Christmas to all. michael
  10. Michael 101

    Kinko Tsuba?

    Hi Pete, the tsuba at the top of the thread but I understand your question but the other ( Torigoye example ) at least has a typical Kanshiro dote mimi. Where as the first example I feel has too many points against it being Kanshiro so perhaps ko kinko is more likely. i dont like the hitsu ana shape on either and prefer more Higo influence like the attached example by the first kanshiro. kindest regards michael
  11. I understand the cast comment but think unlikely, perhaps more likely to have suffered rusting at some point and treated to restore the colour a long time ago - but not really possible to be certain from pictures alone. The square akasaka also so signs of similar treatment. Both are very good powerful Akasaka designs. kindest regards michael
  12. Michael 101

    Kinko Tsuba?

    Very nice tsuba. Although there are similarities between this tsuba and the 2nd Kanshiro tsuba, especially in the carving of the waves and the decoration of the mimi, I dont think that the tsuba in question was made by Kanshiro. It is well known that Ko Kinko workers were of great influence to the Higo schools and that is what I believe you have here. Basically its overall shape and the carving of the mimi would be very unlikely for Kanshiro, also the hitsu ana shape and the seppa dai area again rarely seen in kanshiro works so when taken together I think ko kinko is far more likely. the 2nd kanshiro was apprenticed at a young age to the Goto school and this had an influence in the carving of his waves, so they differ greatly from the first master but have closer affinity with the ko kinko and goto form which makes it harder to distinguish between the schools in cases like this one. If it were mine I would certainly consider a gentle clean or restoration as I think it could easily look quite magnificent afterwards and worth the investment. Great find. Kindest regards michael
  13. Hi Mikolaj, i agree with the opinion of tosa mychin for the irregular shaped pine tree, looks a very nice example. the Kanshiro is very nice indeed, especially with its provenance. Beautiful iron by the look of your pictures. the other is slightly harder from pictures alone it is always helpful to include full measurements including thickness at the centre and at the mimi to help judgement. My thought on this one is Hayashi however the inlay work is questionable in terms of quality versus good the carving of the tsuba so possibly added later. Or it could be a late higo copy ( these tend to be slightly thinner hence my suggestion to include measurements where possible ) but the iron quality and colour looks suggests earlier work. kind regards michael
  14. Hi Roger, when you say ugly hitsu ana excavations- did you actually mean the marks around the nakago ana ? if so then I dont think these spoil this tsuba - its just a sign that the tsuba has been adjusted and mounted to a sword and not spent its life sitting in a box - so in many ways adds to the history of the tsuba. this style of inlay was very popular in the 19th century and look to be the same age as the tsuba - although it would be hard to be certain if it were original or added slightly later, although my money would be on the former. Kindest regards Michael
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