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  1. Just a quick notice about the update of my personal collection website. https://shoutout.wix.com/so/cfNu6CMP7?languageTag=en. Enjoy and feel free to discuss politely.
  2. I would like to give Gary a plug [promote] for his latest book which has just been listed- https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/403359851899 He has some great examples, some of which have been published before and more never before seen. [I am glad he didn't call it a beginners guide - it looks more for the experienced collector and I hope it does well for him]
  3. I just bought this ugly duckling that needs probably more than a good clean up. It is very far gone but even the infirm need a home! What caught my eye was several Chinese fakes of very similar design that were selling for more than what I paid. https://www.jauce.com/auction/r306153157 https://www.jauce.com/auction/v663567475 The intriguing thing is the number of copies of genuine guards, how do they copy them without the original piece? Copy and replicate the image or is it more "here, make something close that will fool the novice"?
  4. I just got notified that my second Nihonto in in transit from Japan. It will hopefully be here by Thursday. It is another sunnobi tanto. Photos from Aoi Art are attached. When I have it in hand I will post some more pictures. This blade passed Hozon in June.
  5. Can anyone help with this mei? Maybe something like 董重 Shige? 日 It may be Akasaka circa 1700 Yatsuhashi bridge and Iris although iris looks a bit dodgy
  6. Hi I have created my second tsuba for sale catalogue with a price listing The link below will enable you to see all the available tsuba https://www.dropbox.com/s/fakjukzmer8vmla/NMB%20listing.pdf?dl=0 Would you please read the first page before you raise any queries Nothing in the PDF is copyrighted so I’m happy for anyone to keep a copy or ideally pass a copy to any other interested friends or clubs Those that remember my 1st sale will see some changes. There are some of the original tsuba available but the price may be slightly reduced and there are quite a few new tsuba When I asked about a Tanaka or Inaba tsuba I was shocked at the prices but this sale will enable me to buy some of these higher end tsuba to improve my collection As usual there will be a donation to the NMB Grev UK
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    Hi, I've had this tsuba for a wee while now and was looking at it again recently to carry out some further research. My thoughts on it have come to think it may be Ko-Shoami. It has a couple of tekkotsu on the mimi, image below and dishes a little from the mimi to the seppa-dai. It's maru-gata with a kaku ko-niku mimi. Design is of bamboo in nikubori-ji-sukashi, quite rustic. Overall dimensions below: Height - 66mm Width - 66mm Mimi thk - 5mm Seppa-dai thk - 4.75mm Any thoughts from members would be welcome.
  8. Hi, A recent addition, I'm unsure if Owari or Akasaka but I'm drawn to Owari. It has nakabiku from the mimi to the seppa dai. The sukashi elements look more Owari. I understand the karigane and geese in flight but not sure what the other four sukashi elements are? Dimensions: Height: 65mm Width: 63.5mm Mimi thk: 5.4mm Seppa dai thk: 4.85mm Welcome any thoughts please.
  9. Hi 👋. I’m looking for an Hayashi or Kamiyoshi work with the design of „Dead Trees“ in gold zogan. To team up with a kojiri in my collection. Here a nice example: Sword Guard with design of Dead Trees Kamiyoshi Rakujyu the 3rd the late Edo period (the19th century) Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art (The Ideta collection)
  10. Here is the koshirae of my sun-nobi tanto. The saya is aogai-chirashi, the menuki are a feather design in shakudō, the fuchikashira is an engraving of ume tree and flowers on silver plate. The tusba is iron with a feather design on the rim and ishimeji on the surface. The kozuka of the kogatana is silver in what I think is a ishidatami pattern.
  11. From my collection of WW2 period tsuba, I have decided to let a few treasured pieces go. The express/tracking/postage cost of AUD60 will need to be added, but this is generally the safest and quickest way to get them to you. So add the AUD60 to the price listed..... 1. The EXTREMELY rare Sakura Showa tsuba, AUD200. NOW SOLD!!! 2. A complete Tachi set including ALL the Seppa, AUD120. 3. A '98 Tsuba with the cut out that suits the outfit that came with a leather securing strap. Normally on outfits with an old blade, AUD120. 4. A '98 Tsuba that is used on a outfit with the "chuso" spring clip, AUD120. If two or more are purchased, only one AUD60 needs to be added. These are good, collectable, useable, as found pieces, no cleaning or chemicals have been used in my time as owner. When converted to USD or EURO, they are well below current market value.
  12. Thoughts on origin? Two small files are from sale pictures; other is in hand in natural sunlight; attempted to crop but for some reason the program would not show the cropped pictures. Will send reverse side in following. john
  13. Hi all. I'm looking for further information on this later branch of the Umetada school, who signed the "Ume" character with a carved plum flower. I'm having difficulty finding much on who they were/where there were working. Any other images of examples and help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!! *Image pulled from the MFA website and used here for educational purposes only.
  14. Hi I have decided to merge my two old posts. They have been running for some times but I like to occasionally 'bump' it up for the newer members As a new post it helps if any one wishes to add any comments/observations The books are in full colour in hardback and PDF formats and there are quite a few tsuba for sale with a donation to the NMB Link to my books on LuLu publishing https://www.lulu.com/search?adult_audience_rating=00&page=1&pageSize=10&q=greville+cooke Link to my tsuba sale https://www.dropbox.com/s/q0g8f5og1wl8ze5/NMB listing Nov 2020.pdf?dl=0 Old NMB link to my tsuba sale https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/23218-massive-tsuba-sale-2/?tab=comments#comment-235310 Old NMB link to my book sales https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/22902-tsuba-from-birmingham-uk/?tab=comments#comment-232177 Grev
  15. Hi, let me submit to your sagacity this tsuba I recently adquired and signed Kiyotoshi - 清壽. I didn' find a tosogu with this exact signature as Tanaka Kiyotoshi used to sign many ways . Do you think it is gimei ? Thank you
  16. Hi, A recent addition, a small, rather tiered, namako sukashi tsuba with shinchu zogan inlay. Raimon and Karakusa zogan patterns if I'm not mistaken. I think Heianjo but would welcome any views from more experienced on members on period? Details and images below: Height: 61mm Width: 58mm Mimi thk: 4.35mm Seppa dai thk: 3.9mm Nakago-ana: 27mm x 9mm Many thanks Colin
  17. Anybody want to have a go at it?
  18. Hi, A recent addition, and what I think combines Saotome/Tembo and Heianjo schools? Height 93mm Width 87mm Mimi thk 3.5mm - 4.5mm The design is of ten zogan dots and linear brass zogan, vine leaves, tendrils and grapes. The bottom right on the front face looks like some crops bound together? The plate looks Saotome /Tembo with a rough hammered surface and a few hot stamps, I can't identify which one? The inlay work looks Heianjo. I'd appreciate any thoughts on this one please. A few images below, one taken in sun light. Thanks Colin
  19. I've had this tsuba for some years, but far too difficult for me to figure out the mei. Two kanji and a kaō, even hard to take in photo. Here my best pictures, obtained trough a flatbed scanner. Thank you for any input.
  20. Dear all, I bought this tsuba a while ago. It has a nice bonji carved on it and I like it. It was dated by the seller as end of Edo but I rather think that it is a modern one. I am not a tsuba guy, I really don't know what to think about it and I need your help on this one.
  21. For you kind comments please.... I have a tsuba which shows at least two specific characteristics: 1- Original Histsu Ana have a very funny shape looking similar to a "chinese hat" (Kantei point ?) 2- Then, they have been plugged with a very high quality shakudo (strong bkack one) which should have been expensive 3- Finnaly, one of the hitsu ana as been cut to become a kogai ana As a natural conclusion this tsuba has been used in different koshirae styles but any other explanation are more than welcome.
  22. As far as I know my grandpa brought this back from ww2. I've just come across it looking through his barn. It's most likely been sitting there out of sight and mind for nearly 80 years. I believe it to be a mumei, as I can't find a signature or markings on the tang. It's also quite rusted since the handle was barely held together with tape. Unfortunately, I know it's in rough shape and I've been advised to leave the care to the professionals. So I'm here hoping to learn anything I can about this.
  23. A lovely Edo period wakizashi size tsuba signed Eiju Seiryuken with gold inlay Kao. He worked both in Osaka and Edo in the late 1700's AD, and was the adopted son of Tetsugendo Shoraku Naoshige. The imagery is a very classic story of the Koi persevering its way up the waterfall, and for reaching the top was rewarded and turned into a Dragon by the Gods who recognized its efforts. Comes with NBTHK Certificate and quality box. Price is $775 USD plus shipping and any related fees.
  24. Hello everyone, Just wanted to share a preview of a tsuba that I am photographing and writing about for my personal collection website: Tsuba Otaku | Reflections of a Not So Empty Mind. This tsuba is part of personal collection and not for sale therefore the propose of the is new topic is to just promote the education and learning of our shared hobby of collecting Japanese sword fittings. This is a Katchūshi (armorsmiths) tsuba from the collection of my late Japanese sword teacher Kunio Izuka of the New York Tōken Kai. It was purchased via auction from Bonham Auction House New York in Nov. 2020. More information about Kunio-sensei can be found here. I think it dates from the late Muromachi Period comparing it to similar tsuba I have had. I have found this tsuba published in a Japanese book about tsuba that I purchased from Grey Doffin years ago at the Tampa Japanese Sword and antiques show. My wife Tamaki is helping me with the translation of the few pages of this book regarding this tsuba and more information about the book itself. I will share more details on April 1st when I update my personal collection website. I find it interesting that the raised rim of the tsuba a separate piece of iron, feels hollow, and that plate of the tsuba retains much of the original black lacquer applied to the surface. This is more visible in the second photograph. This a small tsuba relatively speaking and likely made for a wakizashi and measures 7.4 cm wide by 7.6 cm high. Feel free to politely discuss and ask questions. Thank you for reading.
  25. Back before the world went Covid, in 2019 Leon Kr posted a thread http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/30455-help-needed-with-mei/ That he never really got a straight answer to. I believe because at the time it was dismissed as 'oh no not another cast copy'. Well having just stumbled upon it, I thought to clarify a rather muddy topic. I am normally on the look out for mass produced copies and have posted a few threads on this subject - however this time I would like to show a collection of mass individual pieces 'utsushi' I would guess. From my research there are quiet a range of metals used in their construction but they tend to have three distinct features either a full signature. A partial signature. Or are not signed. The design is always the same but I have yet to see any, that are an exact copy of another. The signatures according to the various owners or sellers usually state to be 'Toshimasa' - Then it gets mixed up - Kofu ju Toshimasa, Kofu jyu Toshimasa, Sumu Toshimasa and the book by the members of the 'Japanese sword society of New York' 1966 describe the maker as 'Mitsunobu (Bushu {Musashi} Province) yet apart from the last, the Kanji is all the same? Toshimasa had several designs, Leon Kr's 'Waves and Birds' also becomes 'Waves and Maple leaves'. Then there is the Dragon - Rain dragon, Smooth dragon, Serpentine dragon, Water dragon, Kissing dragon - no one knows and does it really matter! The point is they are not cast copies. ps. There were several 'Toshimasa' including a father and son - take your pick because your guess is as good as anyone elses!
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