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Not my most prized tsuba, but seeing that fine iron doesn't get much attention in this thread ;-) : a signed Yoshioka Inaba no Suke 吉岡因幡介 tsuba with tessen 鉄線 (clematis) motive that crosses over the rim which also is completely covered in nanako.

 

This tsuba is particularly rare in that it is done in shibuichi nanako; almost all other works of the Inaba line were done in shakudō.

 

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Kuro-urushi Kuri-tsubu nuri Saya, Uchigatana (Handachi) Koshirae 

with Tatsuta-gawa (Kyoto) autumn Landscape design Issaku Tachi fittings made by Sasayama Okutoki (Otsuki school)
Order by Nakai Mitsushige in the end of Edo/Bakumatsu period.
(18th Tokubetsu-Juyo Toso)

Nakai family is a famous merchant in Oumi (Shiga) province since early Edo period.
Mistushige (Bamukatsu - Meiji period) made/ordered many highest class fittings and Koshirae(s).
He was the person who ordered the faous "Shoju Raiko no zu, Daisho kanagu" made by Goto Ichijo (Juyo Bunkazai).

 

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I always liked that kozuka, and still remember when you bought it (with a little nudging from me ;-) ).

 

I remember that well. In fact more than a nudge, you negotiated a price that was hard to refuse. And a guarantee that it would paper as well!!! Many thanks for that.

 

Attached is the scan from the KTK 6 th catalogue for Gordon. I fear this post might be clogging up the thread. It might be a good idea to attached the scan with the kozuka pictures above and delete this post to keep things tidy.

 

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A set of Fuchi Kashira and Menuki, the Fuchigashira with signature "Kikuoka Mitsutomo Motte Enjyo Zu Horu no"

 

Fuchigashira with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper

 

Kikuoka Mitsutomo was born 1776 and passed away 1813.

He was the son of Kikuoka Mitsuyuki.

 

Fuchi Kashira

 On the shakudo nanako plate, Shimenawa and plant are engraved,
 Fuchi Length : 3.91 cm x 2.47 cm x 1.39 cm
 (1.53 inches x 0.97 inches x 0.54 inches)
 
Kashira Length : 3.41 cm x 2.06 cm x 1.06 cm
 (1.34 inches x 0.81 inches x 0.41 inches)
 On the shakudo nanako plate, Bonsai and Japanese brush are engraved with gold color.
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Menuki :
 
Length 1 : 4.08 cm x 1.53 cm (1.60 inches x 0.60 inches)

Length 2 : 4.20 cm x 1.49 cm (1.65 inches x 0.58 inches)

On the shakudo nanako plate, flowers are engraved in the Bonsai bowl.

 

http://imgur.com/IIosSoR

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The kozuka belonging to Gordon above appears to be ex Wilson collection that was published in one of the KTK catalogues

 

It is very close but not the same kozuka.  Gordon's appears to be the the return trip, as the Ferry is traveling the opposite direction.

 

 

The one you are thinking of:

 

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Not my most prized tsuba, but seeing that fine iron doesn't get much attention in this thread ;-) : a signed Yoshioka Inaba no Suke 吉岡因幡介 tsuba with tessen 鉄線 (clematis) motive that crosses over the rim which also is completely covered in nanako.

 

This tsuba is particularly rare in that it is done in shibuichi nanako; almost all other works of the Inaba line were done in shakudō.

 

 

 

I confess I am an addict, and purveyor of bling. The classy tuxedo is lost on me (problem being me, to be clear). 

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Really thought I had better pics of this - Ko-Goto kozuka and menuki

 

Few things I own would be considered high quality - the shakudo here is much richer in person. I think there are more photos on my website in the galleries but I can see I need to get some professional shots of my little beauties...

-t

 

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