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  1. Another Nanban version in soft metal.
  2. Dale, it's this version from page 1:
  3. Looks like the exact same guard Dale posted, relisted three years later by an online dealer. Cleaned up beautifully, but a much higher price this time (10x ) I wonder how many times it changed hands from 2019 to 2022.
  4. GRC


    Piers, Dale is correct , yours is more likely Inshu Suruga, or possibly Bushu Ito. The distinct "kuchi-beni"-style sekigane is a dead giveaway, but other schools also adopted that sekigane style afterwards, like Bushu and Akao. Ineterestingly, here's two Suruga tsuba that put their spin on the boat rudder motif that we also see in Teimei works: The sukashi is too curvy and flower-like for Teimei. Teimei tends to do long smooth arcs or straight line geometrics, not undulating curves. Here are some Teimei examples with curves (and note, none of them have kuchi-beni sekigane): Here's one which I have in my Suruga files, but I can't be 100% certain on this one... Often though, the Suruga smiths like putting in really fine-line sukashi elements, like the super thin lines in the rudder tsuba above. So, another option is the Bushu Ito school which did these bold flower-like, large symmetrical sukashi: Kunihiro from Bushu Ito did a lot of work like your tsuba, and he used kuchi-beni sekigane: Here's another Bushu by Masamichi (at least that's what the description said): Sorry for taking this thread off track Jean. At least the boat rudder examples tie in a bit.. sort of Unfortunately, I can't help you out with the chronology of the different Teimei signatures. .
  5. Brian, that one is an outstanding example, and you got it for a "garage sale price" The carving details in the dragon heads are really well done, and unusual. There are many variations and styles of the Nanban-style double dragons that were made by tsubako throughout Japan (and earlier, from China... it's originally a Chinese motif). Looks like Yagami school work to me. They are the Japanese tsubako who made this particular style of Nanban dragon tsuba, that I like to call "the zig-zag tail" because of the more-angular undulations in the dragon tails in the bottom third of the tsuba. Yours is even signed (although I can't read what it says), which is a rare bonus Maybe post a close up and see if someone else can tread it. Here's some other, similar examples from the Yagami school: some with the rounded-square shape: and some round ones:
  6. another one that has that more unusual version of a shiachi:
  7. and another one of the same style, with slight variations, likely done by the same smith (same tagane-ato):
  8. Here's another one (not cast), that has some similar stylings to the one Dale posted earlier. Same school, different smiths maybe?
  9. That’s a fun theme to collect Stephen. They look great interesting that the sukashi pattern is at the top of the nakago-ana on the 4th one.
  10. Thanks Brian, glad someone is enjoying them This one is a follow up to the NMB thread that was started about the meaning of a "beams" sukashi motif on a tsuba. As the thread grew, it seemed like a natural fit to expand it into just about any pattern that had "linear" motifs, so this article ended up including motifs with "Beams, Bars, Sticks and Rays". It's amazing how many ideas can be conveyed with just a few straight lines.
  11. Here's a larger sized one (almost 8.3cm diameter) on YahooJ if you're looking to build up a set
  12. Looks like a proper Heianjo school tsuba. I can't say that I've seen many that size, so I think that's unusual. Congrats on the purchase I haven't seen anything cast that has proper inlays like yours. The cast ones have their surfaces gilded or painted to "look" like they have inlays. Yours looks legit to me. The opening in the center (nakago-ana) looks a bit wide, and the sides are more curved than the usual triangular "wedge" shape, so I'm not too sure what this tsuba was mounted on. There's usually little punch marks (tagane-ato) along that opening that help "pinch" it onto the blade it's being fitted to, and can often end up looking pretty "beat up" from a visual perspective. But, those are missing from yours. I wonder if at some point, a previous owner decided to file all that "roughness" out from the center, thinking it would be "more presentable" that way. Just a hunch though...
  13. and then this one shows up on ebay for 10x the price! The eyebrows had a lot of work done... I guess it was sent to a pretty exclusive salon to get that done
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