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  1. Hi Grev, The museum has very good images of the tsuba in its collection, link below: https://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/collections/search/page/1/?s=tsuba&qa[keyword_reference_type]=0&qa[partner]&qa[identifier]&qa[date_from]&qa[date_to]&qa[title]&qa[person]&qa[place]&qa[subject]&qa[format]&cbav=2&cbadvsearchquery#038;qa[keyword_reference_type]=0&qa[partner]&qa[identifier]&qa[date_from]&qa[date_to]&qa[title]&qa[person]&qa[place]&qa[subject]&qa[format]&cbav=2&cbadvsearchquery Colin
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    Hi Dale, Unfortunately it's not mine, just an image from the net. Looks to have been a popular design. Thanks
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    David/Mauro, Thanks for the replies. I did think possibly Kyo rather than Ko but it seemed on the small side. Mauro, Absolutely see the Echizen link, one below from a scan of Google. Another with similar tagane. Further investigation required! Gullane, UK - From your device - Learn more HelpSend feedbackPrivacyTerms
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    Hi, I've had this tsuba for a wee while now and was looking at it again recently to carry out some further research. My thoughts on it have come to think it may be Ko-Shoami. It has a couple of tekkotsu on the mimi, image below and dishes a little from the mimi to the seppa-dai. It's maru-gata with a kaku ko-niku mimi. Design is of bamboo in nikubori-ji-sukashi, quite rustic. Overall dimensions below: Height - 66mm Width - 66mm Mimi thk - 5mm Seppa-dai thk - 4.75mm Any thoughts from members would be welcome.
  5. Hi David, Thanks for the comment, I agree having examined the tsuba further on the back of the previous comments by members I would say late Owari. I do like and appreciate this style of sukashi tsuba. Best regards
  6. All, Thanks for the replies and insight. Agree the Tagane are similar to Marks tsuba, the seppa dai on my one is a little wider. I believe the geese in four directions is called 'shihou' but may relate to other objects.
  7. Dale, Curran, Thank you for your responses. It is a tough one between Owari or Akasaka. The rounded mimi I would have said Akasaka but the article you posted Dale was very informative. I'll happily say Owari. Thanks again
  8. Hi, Does anyone have any comments?
  9. Hi, A recent addition, I'm unsure if Owari or Akasaka but I'm drawn to Owari. It has nakabiku from the mimi to the seppa dai. The sukashi elements look more Owari. I understand the karigane and geese in flight but not sure what the other four sukashi elements are? Dimensions: Height: 65mm Width: 63.5mm Mimi thk: 5.4mm Seppa dai thk: 4.85mm Welcome any thoughts please.
  10. Hi Dale, Received my copy last week from Amazon. Very pleased with it. I've used the museum website in the past for reference but it's nice to have a book in hand. Hope the sale of it goes well.
  11. Sorry Brian, the images seemed to show when I originally posted?? I've now uploaded below.
  12. Hi Peter, A good topic, I have this one that I wondered if Mito school but Mauro's attribution to Aizu-shoami could fit as well. The branches wrap round the mimi from one side to the other.
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    Ko-nara Tsuba

    Dale, Thanks for sharing the images, always useful to see reference to the design. I wonder if there is some story behind the design of the ox and barn or it's just a nice simple rustic picture? Curran, Thank you for your comment. I have to admit I've just been trawling the internet for similar tsuba designs. Haynes catalogue No.9 has a tsuba by Kaneshige, lot 265, (image below) with a similar style of design and size with the sukashi and stream. Classed as Nara school. I do like the tsuba you have shown a very classic design and very well executed.
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    Ko-nara Tsuba

    Hi, Just working my way through researching some recent additions. This one I'm thinking ko-nara? The ox is a little worn as it comes out of the thatched barn, there are shigure-yasurime (slanting drizzle) and sukashi elements. Beside the stream there appears to the remains of some gold. The shape of the hitsu-ana seems to be the wrong way round, would there be a reason for this? Many thanks Dimensions: Height - 73mm Width - 72mm Mimi thk - 5.8mm Seppa dai thk - 5.8mm There is a similar tsuba shown in a previous post to the board, although not attributed to ko-nara. https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/34424-happy-new-year-ox-tsuba/ The one in this post has a similar feel with the sukashi elements and the window.
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    Yoshiro Tsuba?

    Thanks for responding and sharing the images Mauro. I did struggle a little in trying to determine which school but thought Yoshiro fitted better.
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