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Zombie tsuba... raaaauuuughhhh!

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Pietro,

 

Looks like something unearthed during an archaeological dig, If I were you I'd grab it....could be worth a small fortune!

 

-S-

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Hi Steven! Thanks for the tip, but I don't want to be selfish, and I'll leave it for you... ;-)

 

Anyway, there's more where that comes from:

 

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Also described as "State is very good."

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Couldn't you use the first one for a study of delamination by expansive corrosion? Or states of oxidation? It's like a chemistry lab in your hand.

 

Just making helpful suggestions...????

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Well, my post was certainly not meant as an endorsement of this tsuba, but if somebody here buys it and makes a small fortune and/or interesting discoveries I'll gladly accept a beer... ;-)

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Somebody just bought the zombie tsuba!

 

If the new owner is a member of the forum, I hope they will let us know whatever they find out about it.

 

Cheers, Pietro

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Dead tsuba with intersting things.

 

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What is this?

 

I thought a tsuba is forged from a piece or layer of iron. What is that shown in the arrows and how did they make that? By casting?

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Looks like EVERYTHING has happened to this poor tsuba.   

-S-

 

 

p.s.- Geraint, my favorite Python sketch........'Dead?'....."It's resting.....Probably pining for the fjords."

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Actually a good question, Chris. The corrosion likely shows the layering when the iron was forged and folded, although I wouldn't have pictured it like that.

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Could the vertical layer be silver.

Normaly the layers are horizontal. Jean did you have an idea how they forged it vertical?

Looks not like lacquer to me.

 

Grev interesting, could you show a picture of the tsuba?

 

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Could the vertical layer be silver?

Normally the layers are horizontal. Jean do you have an idea how they forged it vertically?....

Chris,

 

as I wrote, it could be lacquer, but also a different metal coating that was less attacked by corrosion. It is certainly not caused by 'vertical forging'.

 

I am always interested to learn from well made items, but I am afraid this one will remain an enigma in this late state of disintegration, as long as it is not in my hands for close inspection. 

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Btw they must have found a "tsuba" pit in Japan. There are some cheap nice Tsuba now at ebay from a seller with a lot of rust issues.....

Yes, that happens from time to time. I remember a German dealer who bought a number of TSUBA from Japan which were exposed to saltwater for a while. I believe he had hoped the potential customers wouldn't care about the corrosion issues....

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A dubious tsuba from the same seller was discussed in this thread. They must have paid for "sponsored" status on eBay so they show up in all of my tsuba searches.

 

Cheers, Pietro

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Jean, maybe it is not intersting for you but for others  ;-)

Personally, I believe everyone should decide what is of interest to them,  what some find interesting others do not....it's not my place to instruct people on what they, should, or should not collect.

 

-S-

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