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  1. I like the tsuba Bruno. How thick is it? If quite thin, maybe it's Tosho? Although admittedly, it would be an atypical design.
  2. Wow Michael, that is quite an elevation, from Oei Bizen to Yoshioka Ichimonji!
  3. I'm just guessing here, but I would imagine that most daisho built for order during the Edo period had non matching swords, and that many of these daisho survive today. I would not assume that all daisho that are not made with matching swords clearly produced for the daisho were assembled by dealers or collectors. To the contrary, most that I have seen give the impression that they were assembled during Edo. I have a daisho set of koshirae that came out of the Compton collection, and the interesting thing about them is that one tsuba was made as a nearly perfect utsushi of the other tsuba in the daisho. The two tsuba differ by over 100 years in age as I recall. I think that many samurai carried daisho during the duration of Edo, and that the majority of them probably had two swords made by different makers.
  4. This is a good question Dan. I think that it depends on the swords and the mounts. One sees daisho where the mounts are not particular noteworthy, but they do match. In such cases, I would think that there is no premium for the daisho compared to two separate swords. When the mounts are particularly nice, having a full daisho set probably does add some value, though I would think in most cases, the premium would be modest. Buying a daisho is more of a commitment, since the buyer is buying two swords in one purchase.
  5. Surfson

    2 old Tsubas!

    Calimero, these all appear to be fine tsuba and most of us would gladly have them in our collections. You have done very well. I presume that you have had some guidance, some luck or both in getting these great pieces!
  6. Here are a few I picked up (all from Yahoo.jp), in no particular order. These three are Higo, Satsuma koshirae and Umetada.
  7. You did very well Carson. Most of the first purchases that we see are train wrecks. Either Chinese fakes or too far gone old swords. Yours looks very promising.
  8. Looks like a genuine Japanese sword, likely to be at least 400 years old and appears to be in good shape based on the limited photos. The mounts are interesting, but not likely to contain most of the value of the piece. Curbside appraisal would put the piece at $2000-3000 or so, though these days one never knows what will happen at an auction, good or bad. Mark will give you a fair appraisal on it.
  9. Victor, just guessing, it is a hand made sword from 75-300 years old. The problem of course is that it has fatal flaws and there is no value or reason to spend money to restore it. The cutting edge has been damaged so badly that the entire hamon is likely lost in those places. In addition, the pits are so deep in many places that a polisher would have to polish it down to the size of a toothpick to get a natural shape out of it. If this is your first sword, don't spend any money on it and save it as an example of how far you will go in sword collecting in the future.
  10. It does indeed look like Kanzan Sato's work.
  11. Thanks again Ian. I will have to see what I can find out about Tanaka Kunichiro now. Cheers, Bob
  12. This is the closest angle to the one in the book Ian. I think that the back side makes the shishi claws look different, but it looks right.
  13. Wow Ian, great find!! Did you just remember that? I am amazed. I guess I need to get a copy of that book!
  14. You guys make a fantastic team! Thank you so much. I am feeling better about the purchase now, especially hearing that it came out of a large collection and Kyle's view of the work. Can't wait to see it in hand.
  15. Curran, I saw that Hazama - a real beauty, though I didn't bid. A kiku design as I recall. Sorry you missed it.
  16. Thank you Steve! Not only are you generous with your help, but you have gotten so amazingly good at it! Any opinion about the work itself and Torigoye's appraisal?
  17. Hi Kirill, is that your translation or were we actually bidding against each other on this? So sorry if so.
  18. Hi All. With a rush of blood to the head, I bought this kojiri with botan shishi (shishi dog with peony, a classic theme). It purports to have a hakogaki by Torigoye (which looks possibly ok to my untrained eye). It' mumei without any papers. I can pick out a few statements in the hakogaki, such as Showa 46 (1972?), Den Yokoya Somin, Kojiri (on top right?) and Mumei. Any help you can provide with the rest would be greatly appreciated, including opinions on whether it is likely to be Somin work, and the veracity of the hakogaki.
  19. It may be that he sold them out in a group. Is his Beatles memorabilia still listed? The other alternative, which is less positive, is that his health problems, which prompted the sale, may have worsened. I certainly hope that Gary is doing well and send him best wishes if he is reading this.
  20. I couldn't open the facebook link, but sorry I missed the event.
  21. Did the appraiser pass good judgement and provide good descriptions for the other items in the auction? The description here seems reasonable to me, though I have never seen one of these before.
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