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  1. I too have dealt with Finesword, having purchased a gendai tsuba, and have nothing but praise for their service. John L.
  2. KOFU JU TOMOYASU (H 10165.0). Edo, ca 1800. Round, iron flat plate tsuba with large, central diamond shape within the rim, signed: Kofū jū Tomoyasu. SCE. R.E.Haynes' collection, 1984. John L.
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    Tiger Tsuba

    Bump ... Please somebody, help to resolve this query about a possible attribution. John L.
  4. Re. Haynes' Index, p.1629, H.08133.0 Kinko Meikan, p.207a John L.
  5. A very nice tsuba, but 'Mito school late Edo'? Personally I prefer 'early Nara' as a provenance. Any comments please. John L.
  6. I can make no firm attribution for Ron's tsuba, but the kao bears a marked resemblance to those illustrated on pp.Y7 and Y10 of Joly's Shosankenshu. While I am not suggesting Yasuchika 1 as the maker of this tsuba, the combination here of late Mito and Edo kinkō styles is suggestive of later Tsuchiya work. John L.
  7. Dear Michael, it would be more courteous to fellow members of the NMB if you were to make some attempt at personally examining your fuchi-gashira before posting fresh and acceptable photographs. With kind regards, John L.
  8. Oops - apparently Chinese sword guards do have seppa-dai! That on the attached image is narrower and more rectangular than those commonly found on Japanese tsuba. Interestingly - or perhaps coincidentally - it is similar to that on Chris' tsuba. John L.
  9. A question - did Chinese sword guards have seppa-dai? John L.
  10. Dear Chris, in spite of the reservations expressed I like it. Please p.m. me if you decide to sell it. Regards, John L.
  11. Peter, much as I greatly respect your contributions to the study of the Namban group of tsuba, your recent posting has me puzzled. By describing his first, very interesting tsuba as 'Namban or maybe Hizen' Chris is correctly reflecting the confusion regarding the nomenclature of such tsuba. Most collectors would confidently label this as Hizen while, if submitted to a shinsa it would almost certainly be labelled as Namban. But what features prompt you to raise the question of a Chinese provenance - surely not Chris' description? Personally, I fail to recognise any such pointers in this tsuba. John L.
  12. Thank you Ford for that detailed explanation. The more we read your posts the more impressed we become with your achievements! John L.
  13. Ford, a very simple question ... Sentoku can patinate to a wide variety of colours, from a very pale to an olive brown. Does this coloration depend upon the constituents of the alloy, or upon your method of patination? In other words, do you personally select the coloration that will result from your repatination and, if so, how do you decide? With kind regards, John L.
  14. Congratulations and thanks Thierry - a lovely tsuba. John L.
  15. An interesting tsuba, but Namban? Surely it is a C18, Hizen guard, demonstrating a strong namban influence. John L.
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