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  1. All fair comments Michael. It would be pretty disappointing if the koshirae turned out to be Taisho...
  2. That is a very reasonable price - a bit more than $20,000 including the commission.
  3. I tried to register a bid but their system prohibited me and they never responded to my emails for help. Maybe somebody will get a very good deal if the bidding is inadvertently restricted to just europe or France.
  4. I see no indication one way or another that there once was a mei. My sense is that this sword is either late koto or early shinto and just a bit machiokuri and slightly suriage. It may have been mumei or it may have had a mei removed, but my inclination is mumei originally. Two makers come to mind that worked in that era and made okissaki blades like this that were fairly straight. One was Jakushu Fuyuhiro: http://www.sanmei.com/contents/media/O54012_S3055_PUP_E.htm Another was Daido, though he commonly had muneyaki. This style was definitely revived during shinshinto, but the age and evolution of the tang make that less likely in my mind.
  5. Hey, whiskey goes down the sewer pipe, but a tsuba is forever....
  6. I have heard the opinion that "tekkotsu", or iron bones, can result from uneven wear such that the softer iron is worn away and the harder steel of the tekkotsu becomes more prominent. I'm not presenting it as fact, but just a concept that has been presented to me.
  7. Here is a link to some discussions. The photos I saw were of the date, but you can see the style that I was referring to immediately. https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/16387-sukehiro-2nd-gen-real-or-gimei/
  8. Sorry I don't have time for a long answer. My recollection is that he had two main periods of signing, one was called Kakumei and the other was Marumei, meaning square and round. If I am not mistaken, the maru mei period was the one in which he mostly used Tsuda, and the signatures were quite flowing, almost like grass script. I'm sure you can google Sukehiro signature examples and find lots of discussions about it. Even looking in Fujishiro should make it clear.
  9. Interesting toy, thanks for the information. Is that a spinning top of some sort or does it just stand in balance?
  10. Get a piano key or some other piece of ivory and start rubbing on the active rust on the iron. After each pass, you can wipe off the powdered rust or gently use a soft toothbrush and a little mild dishwashing soap. Be very careful not to disturb the inlay.
  11. Steve has it exactly right, Sukehiro, and without study, I think you are exactly right - it looks gimei to me.
  12. Sue Mihara is after 1450, which is still early in muromachi, a time when koto swords were made that often were koshizori.
  13. I am waiting for many items by seamail. It is very slow, but reliable, I think. If you really like it, be patient.
  14. Yep, just a little surface rust there. I am guessing it has been in its boxes for 100 years, so it is pretty amazing how good the condition is!
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