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  1. Item No. 133 Three ' orphan ' fuchi one in shakudo , the other two in shibuichi. 133a - Garden lantern and pine tree in relief , signed Hamano Yasuyuki 133b - Clouds with demons , signed Nomora Masamitsu with kao 133c - Stream and reeds , signed Sekienshi Tsuchiya Yasuchika Provenence - Lundgren Collection nos. 222 , 243 and 257 respectively Purchased some two and a half years ago at auction.
  2. Try - Mizogoi - Japanese Night Heron ? Regards
  3. Item No. 131 Iron Tsuba 7.07 cm x 6.97 cm x 0.50 cm Sukashi water wheel, mumei, guess age as late 18th cent. . Very dark patina with iron bones in evidence. Info with this piece reads ' Kanayama Genji Guruma ' can anyone make sense of this ? Of course there is the Genji family line of the Mizuno school , spreading over 350 years or so , but this is well outside my area of experience. Item No. 132 Iron Tsuba 8.01 cm x 7.92 cm x 0.40 cm Tsuba that appears at first sight to be modern made , but seems to have been hand made and possibly mounted . Could this an early hobbyist's piece ? What does the kanji read ?
  4. Re Item No. 130 I have been asked about it , so ,the gold on the trunk of the tree is to imitate pine resin . The inlays work the same way as in real life - when you are looking at the tree with light either behind the trunk or in front of it , the resin patches appear to be very dark or black in colour ( very often invisible ) . When viewed with the light shining through at an angle , the translucent resin appears golden. Looking at the tsuba with light at the correct angle shows liquid nodules of resin running down the bark. Maybe amber of the future ? Regards
  5. Re Item No .130 Views of the reverse... This is yet another piece that I had not looked at properly until I came to do this posting. Acquired about two and a half years ago from an auction in Europe.
  6. Item No. 130 Tsuba in copper with bronze and brass facings , copper , shakudo and gold inlays 7.40cm x 6.90 cm x 0.50 cm Subject of the immortals Chinnan and Chokaro , Pine tree on reverse signed Miboku Masayuki , 18th Cent. Where to start with this ? A depiction of the two Sennin releasing a dragon from an alms bowl and a horse from a gourd . The detailing is not apparent until you study the scene carefully , at many different angles under a light source. From the scales on the dragons back , to the hairs on the horse's mane and tail , the three dimensional modelling of the faces and the patterns on their robes , this is all work carried out with the greatest care . On the reverse , the pine tree is a well known Hamano school characteristic but I have never seen one as good as this. The remnants of spider webs just disturbed by a hint of breeze give a wonderful dynamic to the composition and gold inlays on the trunk of the tree do not betray their presence until viewed in the correct light. The signature is very confidently and clearly incised - it purports to be that of a Big Name - Shozui , the founder of the Hamano School . Can anybody comment on this after reference to Wakayama or Haynes ? The reverse also carries an acquisition number which suggests that it was once part of a large collection. The file photographs flatten out and obscure most of the fine details on this piece - I have attempted to give a flavour of this with some more detailed pictures taken at different angles but , perhaps as it should be , this needs to be examined in hand to fully appreciate.
  7. Hi Everybody , The Thread has now come to a point where we have a number of mainly mumei ,unattributed & sukashi iron tsuba . I have been wondering how to present these and if it is best to just carry on in the normal way , or have a bit of a blitz on them and post maybe three or four at a time over the next 3-4 weeks . Ideas as to school or age , or indeed , meaning would be much appreciated - maybe something for the Iron Masters out there ? Thoughts / comments anyone ? Regards
  8. Hi George , Sorry ! For some reason I had transposed the information with this piece - Item No. 129 - Kozuka in Shibuichi Subject of Shishi or Lion Dog - clear to see the Yokoya Somin connection. Signed Furakawa Genchin , founder of Furukawa School , father of Jochin.
  9. Item No. 128 - Kozuka in shibuichi with gold and copper details Subject of the sake drinkers ? ( Can't remember their names ) signed Furukawa Genchin. Father of Jochin , he was a student of Yokoya Somin and was the founder of the Furakawa school. Edit - Above information incorrect , transposed with the next piece - this should read: Signed Jowa - nephew of Joi , Nara school. Thanks , George. Lots of fine detailing , with one of the drinkers appearing to be laughing uproariously while the other seems somewhat the worse for wear.
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    Bit of a mystery

    Looks to me as if it could be a ' background seppa ' ( for want of a better description ) to show off a sukashi tsuba such as attached ( although this is, I think , a tsuba like object , rather than the real thing ). Could have looked quite effective if the gold colour is toned down as at present - a bit flashy if much brighter.
  11. Hopefully the technical issues are sorted - the computer ' doctor ' has departed , with money bulging in his pockets , muttering about software that could have been used to design the pyramids and hardware that would grace a museum display. We shall see how long his efforts give us - and so , on to the next fitting - Item No. 127 Iron Tsuba with copper and brass inlay 8.34 cm x 8.30 cm x 0.52 cm Subject of ume tree and blossoms . Unsigned , late 18th / early 19th cent. Nicely made piece with a strong ' rustic ' feel . Appears to have been mounted on several occasions . Maybe older than 200 years - any thoughts ? I have a feeling that there were a few periods when the country look was in vogue , maybe this was from such a time ? Bought direct from Japan 15 years ago.
  12. Sorry about lack of new postings - having big technical problems at present .Hopefully will get sorted in the next week or so. Brian , I did reply to your earlier pm , don't know if you received it or not. Regards
  13. Item No. 126 A Tsuba in copper alloy ( sentoku ) with shakudo inlay 8.13 cm x 7.74 cm x 0.36 cm Subject of oak branches , leaves and acorns in the Umetada style by Ford Hallam about 12 years ago. A tribute to the Umetada style with finely worked inlays . This can be seen particularly in the veins of the leaves where they finish in a tapered point ( less than 0.2 of a millimetre wide typically ) - simply a tour de force of inlay work. The blank started to develop ( or reveal ) a few cracks while being forged ( not uncommon with this alloy ) and Ford has chosen to accentuate these with silver instead of trying to hide them . They seem to have no effect on the integrity of the piece itself which rings like a bell when struck.
  14. Item No. 124 Iron Tsuba with gold details 8.41 cm x 8.06 cm x 0.59 cm Subject of landscape with lake , mountains, boats and buildings. Mumei - Kaneie revival ? Possibly been mounted - the Nakago Hitsu-ana has been opened out at some time and the sekigane look old - but this could have been done to add a feeling of age to the piece . On the other hand .... And I know that I am fence sitting here. Item No. 125 Fuchi kashira in Shibuichi with silver and gold Subject of young boys squabbling over a game of Go . Signed Chikayuki - Hamano School. On the kashira , looks as if the boy on the right ( with the hair ) is getting aggressive towards the others , who combine to chase him off on the fuchi . Is this actually a tale or a scene from real life ? One of the lads has a rather elaborate cap in the first scene , but appears to have lost it in the fight . Lots of detail ,continuing down the sides of the kashira , very hard to photograph.
  15. Item No. 122 - Iron Sukashi Tsuba with gold highlights 7.63 cm x 7.12 cm x 0.40 cm Subject of Japanese Quince ? in springtime, unsigned - Bushu ? Nice patina and feel to this tsuba that a photo cannot show . Delicate in detail and hopeful in spirit . Item No. 123 - Brass Mokko Tsuba 7.63 cm x 7.14 cm x 0.80 cm ( 0.93 cm over rim ) Subject of dragons - five in total - four of them with a split tail also clouds and lightning . Mumei , attributed to Hirado Kunishige 18th cent. This is a real bruiser of a tsuba weighing in at 194grams ( 6.75 oz ) . Featuring carved side panels and split tailed dragons that I do not recall seeing before . The piece has evidence of being mounted on several occasions - but why so heavy ?
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