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  1. Kanzan (Hanshan) and Jittoku (Shide) menuki A rare catch. You don’t see those two come up for sale often. Classic interpretation of the famous Zen (Chan) Buddhist monks in miniature. Brilliant work. Mumei Kyo-Kanagushi NBTHK Hozon with translation Price: $1000 May bundle together with the Masaaki's Kanzan and Jittoku kozuka from here Donation to the board is included, everything else is negotiable) And Happy New Year! Cheers!
  2. Hello all, Its been a while since I posted but I have a piece here that I purchased pre covid at the SFO show in 2019 and would like some insight and/or opinions on it. I purchased this and it seemed like a legitimate piece at first glance, with very finely made details and mixed gilding, but when I got it home and started looking at the details up close with a loupe I noticed a few oddities. Fig 1 & 2 are overall photos of the front and back. The pieces seem to be traditionally constructed and not cast, the elements seem to be integrated with the base and the nanako seems to go 'around' the base of the elements in places (See kogai detail 2). Both pieces are non magnetic. Fig 3 & 4 are close ups of the work on the kogai and kozuka respectively. note that on closer inspection, one can begin to see where the gilding is showing on the nanako on the bottom left edge of the kogai in Fig 3, and there are some 'shiny' spots in the nanako on the left side of the kozuka in fig 4. Notice more of this 'overrun' on the edges of the phoenix element in the kogai closeups 1, 2, and 3. Upon further inspection, examples of this overrun can be seen in multiple other places on the piece, as well as places where the nanako seems gilded, and did not become black (Top right of kogai detail 1, top of kogai detail 6, top right of kogai detail 7, top of kozuka detail 3 and 7) I have considered that the nanako may have been colored in by a metalworking markup dye called dyekem, but I have tested a sample of dykem on a similar surface and it does not seem to be the case. All of this leads me to a few possible scenarios in order of my perceived likelihood: 1. This is a modern fake. 2. This could be a genuine original piece that originally had a gold nanako background, that was 'colored' in later by a owner or dealer. 3. this could be a genuine antique piece, with a construction method that I am unaware of and have never seen nor heard of. All photos can be accessed here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ocTp54uHSH8EIH8EX5K-ZPIf8ak5908n?usp=sharing These pieces look very finely detailed in hand and the photographs do not really capture that very well. What are your thoughts regarding these? Thanks for your input, -B.S.
  3. Afternoon gentlemen and women! I usually stay away from fittings as I lack experience in them, but I saw these in a German auction and picked all three up for 200 Euro. Call it a salve for not getting what I was really after in that auction. How'd I do? I thought at that price, I couldn't get burned much. And if I did, its an acceptable loss for what I got. I'd like to know what their motifs and apparent age are likely to be. I know that the solid brass(?) one is depicting Mt. Fuji and that's about it!
  4. A question for the group. Pardon my ignorance, but what do you normally do with a kogatana in terms of polish and restoration? I most often see kogatana for sale in a fairly distressed condition with quite a lot of age and staining on the blade. I have a kogatana in a kozuka that I bought along with my sunnobi tanto to fill the empty space in the saya. I think that the pattern on the kozuka goes nicely with the rest of the koshirae. The blade is almost black. Is there any value at all in having something like this polished? It is signed "Hizen Kami Fujiwara Kuniyoshi" Using the forum's kaji pages, I think it is as follows in kanji: 肥 前 守 藤 原 国 (?) 吉 I know that mei on kogatana are most often false. Thanks for your input!
  5. Hello! Can someone in the group please tell me if there is a particular name for the pattern on this Kozuka? Thanks!
  6. Hi all Thanks in advance for your assistance. I have a Kozuka with a kibata mei and need some help with the translation. Interestingly, I have found an exact of this Kozuka with a mei for mainline goto. Mitsutaka? Waki goto? Thanks. Ian C.
  7. Hi All, my first post and new to the forum. I recently got interested in Japanese swords and fittings. I can buy the following Kozuka with small knife locally for not that big amount of money. Is it original Japanese or is it a reproduction? The backside of the handle also has a dot pattern, not sure if this is Nankoji? Thanks for your help, Sincerely yours, Michel
  8. Putting up for sale some nice and affordable items. 1. Kanzan (Hanshan) and Jittoku (Shide) kozuka Classic depiction of the famous Zen (Chan) Buddhist monks. Workmanship pleases the eye, many small details to enjoy and study. Signed “Yanagawa Masaaki”, don't bother looking him up in Haynes, this guy is not identified among the majors of the school (did the cross checking through various genealogies), could be related to Yanagawa Mitsuaki or members of the spin-off families, Yukimasa of the Kikuoka family, Tomomasa of the Tamabe family. Price: USD 650 2. Numerous horses kozuka Beautiful kozuka, one of my favorite, with horses I mean, 21 horses, a great herd, flawless kebori. Signed “Soyo Kao” There were 4 guys in the Yokoya family line who signed “Soyo”, this is not necessary a gimei, could be one of the late Soyo guys. Price: USD 450 Feel free to ask or buy) Cheers!
  9. Large release from my collection – few fine kozuka 1. Fukurokuju and crane kozuka Lovely kozuka with longevity motif. Omote side mostly in usuniku-bori, ura side in motobori techniques. Mumei Price: $600 2. Hotei and Karako kozuka Interesting kozuka in usuniku-bori technique, manji pattern on Hotei’s bag. Very nice work. Mumei Price: $500 3. Dragon kozuka Top class Goto kozuka. Dragon details are exquisite, nanakoji is perfect as it should be. Signed: Goto Kanjo Kao (H 02638.0), Hachirobei line Price: $600 4. Centipede kozuka with kogatana Not often you can catch one. Nice work, centipede running through a rotten bridge pillar. Signed: Masayuki Price: $600
  10. Dear NMB members: I've decided to let a few items go to help fund a return trip to Scotland next June. and these two are the first "casualties," assuming any member is still looking for a holiday gift for them self. Here are a couple of nice items that came from a collection put together in the early 1980s. The workmanship is nice, but no guarantee that the signatures are good. The tsuba is approximately 2-7/8 inches in diameter. The kozuka has what looks like a light marker pen name on the back of the kozuka saying "Joi" and something else. I have not cleaned these pieces, and they are in "as acquired" condition. They come with the box they came with. Payment by Paypal ("friends and family"). Buyer pays shipping and insurance costs in addition to the purchase price. The sale is final, so PM me with any questions. PRICE: $550 FOR EACH ITEM (Tsuba or Kozuka), or $1,025.00 IF ONE PERSON TAKES BOTH. If sold separately. the box will go with the tsuba, and the box's red pillow will go with the kozuka. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  11. Here is a link to a set of kozuka dinner knives. https://www.ebay.ca/itm/ANTIQUE-MIXED-METAL-Japanese-KNIFES-SET-OF-6-KOZUKA-HANDLE/193146298942?ul_ref=https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/e11021.m43.l1120/7?euid=bbfbdfa790e4477b9beda38d17993784&bu=43332463097&ut=RU&loc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.ca%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F193146298942&sojTags=bu=bu,ut=ut&srcrot=e11021.m43.l1120&rvr_id=0&rvr_ts=abe48f6116d0a4d1f4774423fffe4393&ul_noapp=true&pageci=44b806ea-fa03-4bd5-bdaa-ddcf0e24e655&redirect=mobile
  12. Yves55

    Just Acquired

    Went to an auction today... and had to buy these! Any comment / information is most appreciated!
  13. Some members were already very helpful in the topic http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/22511-just-acquired/?do=findComment&comment=295722 Any other suggestions for this mei? Thanks!
  14. For Sale: Excellent Book - The Hartman Collection of Japanese Metalwork (1976) Price: $40 (plus shipping costs & transfer fees) Condition: Perfect New (original box - only opened to take photographs) Location: South Carolina, USA Shipping Size/Weight: 3.2 pounds 15" x 1.5" x 10" Description: Excellent book full of beautiful pictures and information about Japanese sword fittings and other metalwork. 676 items (90% sword fittings) with details on artists, period, motifs, materials, etc. Cloth covered Hardback 9.25” X 12.25” with 168 pages; Perfect Condition (New in original box - never opened except to take pictures for this listing). Presents one of the finest collections of Japanese Metalwork outside of Japan from the past Century. English text (with additional short descriptions in Japanese). Most of the 676 items are Japanese sword fittings (Tosogu, Koshirae, Tsuba, Kozuka & Fuchigashira); also includes a few swords, netsuke, etc.. Each item is described in terms of materials, subject mater, artist, etc. and all items include a photograph - usually black & white for iron and color for soft metal fittings. Mr. Hartman collected many of these sword fittings from other famous collections. Includes a printed list of price estimates and an online link to the realized prices for each item. Regards, George I honestly want you to be happy with this purchase, so if the item is not as described or there is any other material problem, please let me know. I’ll do my best to be fair in all cases. Having said that, because of the many misunderstandings that can arise with online sales (as we have seen on several recent threads...), the following terms and conditions will exclusively apply to any bids, offers and sales. Sales are final, no returns unless the item is not materially as described. Shipping charges, paypal/wire transfer fees, VAT, import duties, taxes and similar charges are not included in the item price. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility and expense. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what the additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. The tax and duty charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up - do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. I do not mark merchandise values below value, mark items as “gifts” or falsify government documents - US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. Consequential damages are disclaimed, and in all events, seller’s total aggregate liability shall not exceed the price of the goods in question. Descriptions are given in good faith but without warranty or liability - please see pictures for conditions (product is sold “as is”). I will ship using the most reasonable method (at purchaser’s expense) unless purchaser provides other explicit shipping/insurance instructions (in any event, all shipping is at purchaser’s risk). Purchaser is deemed to have agreed with these terms by bidding or agreeing to purchase (any other terms or conditions requested by the purchaser are rejected unless agreed to in a signed writing by seller).
  15. Yamagane, nanako, excellent patina and gilding. Motif of sea shells. Very good condition, a few dings on one side, an indentation on the back and a split in the mouth of the kozuka, nothing that would keep you from enjoying it or putting it into a koshirae. Priced to sell: SOLD $225 incl. global express shipping to US and Europe, AND Paypal. So this is all you pay, no cent more.
  16. Dear NMB members: I just listed an iron kozuka with kogatana on Ebay with dog and abalone motif. The menuki and tanto tsuba sold. This is the remaining item in the grouping.. The auction link is: https://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-Japanese-IRON-DOG-KOZUKA-WITH-KOGATANA-BLADE/273076735509?hash=item3f94a44e15:g:ZfkAAOSw8W5ai1Zp Thanks for looking. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  17. Dear NMB Members: Yoshimichi Collectors. I am going to be listing a signed Tamba no kami Yoshimichi kogatana with what looks like sudare-ba and kikusui floating on water hamon for sale on Ebay, but I want to give NMB members first shot before doing so. Most Yoshimichi blades we encounter seem to be wakizashis, so if you have one with koshirae and need a Yoshimichi kogatana to round it out, here you go. The mei is very light, but you can make out the kanji in the light. My pictures are pretty poor of the mei, but it is there. The kogatana is in decent polish with a floating kikusui in the hamon. It comes with an iron kozuka with some surface rust wirh a gold metal cat playing with maybe a yarn motif. It looks like part of the metal on the yarn ball is missing. I will throw in the kozuka box with the deal. PRICE: $425.00 net to me, payable by Paypal ("friends"), plus buyer pays shipping and insurance costs. I also have a set of cat menuki with a similar motif with a padded box. These are small and appear to be tanto size. They look like shibuichi and gold.They are in useable condition and would look nice on a tanto. PRICE: $175.00 net to me, payable by Paypal ("friends"), plus buyer pays shipping and insurance costs. If someone wants both items, the package price is $575 net to me, payable by Paypal ("friends"), plus buyer pays shipping and insurance costs. If you have any questions, send me an email at besheehan@aol.com or through NMB. Thanks for looking. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  18. Kozuka with kogatana Full length: 207mm Kozuka motif: Daikoku's mallet and rats Material: shakudo, gold Length: 96mm Width: 13mm Kogatana signature: Senshu Sakai Kanuchinotsukasa Kore-wo-tsukuru Price: USD 150 + pp & shipping
  19. Both of these kozuka are thick solid material, not plated. that's about all I can tell you about them. The spine of the copper one says 千四百五. aka 1405. I think the back says: 千不二六十七翁月人子 富隨X Which I believe the signature is supposed to be from a guy named 齋藤富隨 or Saito Fuzui?
  20. Would appriciate your assistance in translation of this inscribed Kozuka, plus details on maker, style and topic.
  21. Hello all, I'm trying to find a translation for a mei (at least, I think it's a mei) on the back of a kozuka. It's one of the items from my collection for sale at Grey Doffin's website and can be viewed (or bought) here: http://www.japaneseswordbooksandtsuba.com/store/nara-collection/r142-kotsuka-crows-and-waves In addition to the photos on Grey's site I managed to dig up a larger photo of the mei in question: Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rohan
  22. Hello all, I have a few pieces of tosogu for sale. Myoga tsuba signed Choshu Hagi ju Kawaji saku (長州萩住河治作) - £220 Well patinated Heianjo tsuba with tendril shakudo inlay - £120 Kata-kiri copper tsuba depicting the myth of Urashimataro (possibly Yokoya) - £200 Tsuba with brass fukurin and piecing of either a kama or constellations (perhaps tanabata) - £100 Kozuka with kamon used by Mori and Rokkaku clans - £80 Kozuka with nanako and inlaid running horses (some damage to the end) - £80 Kyo-kinko wild horse menuki (A very similar pair is currently for sale at Aoi art http://www.aoijapan.com/menuki-mumeiunsignedkyo-kinko-3) - £150 Kyo-kinko Dog menuki with gold and silver work (this is an unusual theme, as one often encounters shishi (lion dogs) rather than inu (canines) - £200 Goto spider menuki (I've seen an almost identical pair except with crabs, instead of spiders on leaves papered to Goto Teijo) - £250 If you require any more photos, or have any questions, please comment below or email me: kyushukairu@gmail.com Kind regards, Kyle
  23. Hi everybody, A question from a novice. Could anybody enlighten me the reason of the price of 1.500.000 yen for this kodzuka by Teijo (without certificate) fetched recently on Japanese online auction? Any idea what is written on the back? Val
  24. Hi guys ! I've bought 6 months ago a wakizashi, with a very nice koshirae, though it is not "en suite". I've sent it to NBTHK shinsa but unfortunately the signature of the blade was judged as gimei (sigh) . Anyway, I stil want to submit the koshirae for shinsa, for I think it is genuine and good looking. While waiting for the judgment, I ask your help to translate the signature of the kozuka and the fuchi. The kozuka (and the tsuba) shows the chinese general Kuan Yu on his horse over a bridge. The fuchi (and kashira) shows insects among grass. Sylvain
  25. Hello, The Kozuka handle insert was missing when I obtained it from my uncle. The mon can be duplicated, but I need a plain, finely punched nanako ground background it can be applied to. The attached photos show the type (quality) of the nanako I need, and the temporary replacement that is on the kozuka now. This is a long term search. Thank You, Mark
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