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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. 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!
  3. 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
  4. Hi Gents, Following the way of collecting, releasing few nice items in two parts. This is part 1 and it goes under the code name “iebori”. 1. Dragon in clouds tsuba Signed: Goto Mitsuharu Kao (H 05154.0) Very nice tsuba, dragon is very well executed, clear example of Goto work to study and catch all the details Size: 72 x 66 x 3 mm Price: USD 1900 2. Dragon in clouds fuchi-kashira Mumei Goto Fine nanako, classic work Price: USD 350 3. Dragons kozuka Mumei Nice kozuka, very fine nanako and sujikai-yasurime Price: USD 450 4. Peony menuki Mumei Very nice formal menuki Price: USD 450 5. Peony fuchi-kashira Signed: Yoshioka Inaba no Suke (H 01894.0) Super fine nanako, calm and strict lines, what else to expect from the retainers of the Tokugawa Shogunate Price: USD 500 Shipping costs and payment fees on top. Donation to the Board from each sale made here. We need to help Brian maintain the hardware/software base and add some cool new titles to his library. I’m accounting on you, guys Regards,
  5. 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)
  6. 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
  7. Yves55

    Just Acquired

    Went to an auction today... and had to buy these! Any comment / information is most appreciated!
  8. 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!
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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)
  12. 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)
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. Would appriciate your assistance in translation of this inscribed Kozuka, plus details on maker, style and topic.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu (Happy New Year!) Well, it has been quite a while since I last checked in, but I’ve made some inroads in the blade markets here in Japan recently. How would you like to have your own personal buyer in Japan ? I am an antique dealer selling on eBay as araki0726 (check my excellent feedback!) as well as to an ever growing list of direct mail clients all over the world (many of them Nihonto Message Board members). You can also find me on Facebook: Japanese Antique Auctions: https://www.facebook.com/Japanese.antique.auctions. I am not an authority on blades, but I do specialize in Samurai armor, and I can help you find what you need. Much better selection and less competition! I send out offers twice a week. I’m afraid I do not check in here often, so by all means mail me at schmidt_araki@ybb.ne.jp or through my ebay or Facebook pages. Yoroshiku. Kelly Schmidt
  22. I recently acquired these and some other fittings from a private collector who has had these in his private collection for well over 30 years. I was very pleased to acquire them, and some will remain in my personal collection, and some will probably be offered for sale down the road...likely at next year's S.F.Token Kai. I am hoping to get some help and input from the the more knowledgeable fittings collectors of the NMB, so that I can decide which, if any, of these pieces might justify the expense of submission for shinsa (either in Tampa or in Japan). I do not want to have them papered unless they are of better than average quality, or somehow special, or unless papers are going to make a big difference in the piece's potential market value. Because I have purchased a fairly large group of pieces, at some juncture I will no doubt spin off a few of the pieces to offset the cost of other pieces I plan to keep for myself. I have attached some photos of the fittings, in hopes of getting some initial help and information from those far more knowledgeable than myself. Any information is greatly appreciated. The first is a kozuka with what appears to be a gold persimmon (?) motif, in shakudo and with nanako. In looking on line and at my own limited fittings resources, I am thinking Mino Kinko, but I am wondering if this could possibly be a Goto line piece? The next is a shakudo and gold inlay tsuba with water and pine needle (?) motif. Aoi-Art has one listed on their website that is a very similar piece, but with a different inlay design. http://www.aoijapan.com/tsuba-mumei-kaga. Similarmotif pieces I have seen seem to bring higher than average asking prices on various websites. Aoi-art lists this piece as Kaga Kinko school. Is this part of a Goto school line? This piece was never mounted, as best I can tell. It is a bit larger than the one on Aoi-art. I am wondering if this might be a good shinsa candidate? The next is a really nice shakudo kozuka with Chinese Emperor Gentoku being chased through water and escaping some other riders. There is writing on the back of the kozuka that I would really like to have translated, if anyone is inclined and can do so. The signature is listed as "Mitsutsugu." The piece was purchased personally from John Yumoto in 1983. Can anyone tell me what school "Mitsutsugu" was from, and how he ranks as a fittings artist? The workmanship on this piece is really above average, in my opinion. The last is a really incredible kozuka depicting Oni stealing a bell and crossing a river. The relief on the piece is very high and detailed. I have not tested it, nor would I, but I cannot tell if the backing is solid gold or gold washed. I have attached a photo of the fitting's box lid with the information the previous owner had obtained. I have no idea what school of fittings artists this piece would be from. Any ideas? If one were to shinsa any of these pieces, any opinions as to which, if any, would most benefit from or justify the expense of a shinsa (NTHK or NBTHK)? Any assistance or information is greatly appreciated. Regards, Bill E. Sheehan (Yoshimichi)
  23. Hello, Can someone translate the poem which is back the Kozuka? It is signed Masayuki. Is it Gimei ? Topic is Jurojin with his scroll, crane and tortoise. Thank your for your help. Bruno
  24. Barrie B

    Restored Kozuka

    Hi all, I have a Higo Koshirae that was missing the Kozuka, and although I tried to find a match, I could not, so I sought the assistance of a professional - Robert Soanes - to solve my problem. http://katchushi.com/restoration-2/kodogu.html I purchased an old Kozuka that the 'motif' or design had fallen off and I asked if he could save/ restore it to suit my Koshirae. I must say that I am very pleased with the service and the result. Not only did he make a new Shakudo Kamon to suit, he 'cleaned' the old Kozuka of the old 'glue' and made it look nearly new..! I cannot wipe the smile from my face..! I cannot recommend his (or any of the other contemporary restoration professionals) services enough. If any of you are thinking about having something made or restored, then I can only say that you should seek (and support) their very valuable services. If I were a younger man, I would apprentice myself to any one of them... Some photos of the finished Koshirae.. Barrie.
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