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Dale. The paperweight box says Seikodo. Seikodo is famous as a specialized workshop for making kettles for "Sadou".


"Since Edo period, now it's the 10th, the atelier which specializes in making 茶の湯釜 Iron Tea Pot and 鉄瓶 Iron Kettle.
In order to keeping excellent quality, even now, all works are handmade and the works are supported by only a few workers."

That's why the paperweight is worth it and is being put up for auction online for 7,000 yen. Luxury goods! :thumbsup:

The paperweight I presented the image on starts at 100 yen.:dunno:

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Yas I would not sell my example for anything. 7,000 is a cheap price for such a long time tradition. Thank you so much for the extra information. The workers are very skilled.

I don't know if the paperweights are still being made? Or what years they were produced?

I see a lot of these “Compliments of NYK Line” souvenir of a cruise line circa 1920’s for the Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line.

They were given away as advertising at the time - a hundred years old now. They are better made than the cast 100 yen piece.

Vintage Tsuba Paper Weight Souvenir "Compliments of NYK Line"

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There is no clue as to when the paperweight of the hidden Christian design was made. However, the interest of the Japanese people in hidden Christianity is very new. A disguised cross made at a foundry in Nagoya in the 1950s is still on the market as a relic of hidden Christians.





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These reproductions seem to be very numerous, they come in various colours and the quality of the casting varies - but they are not genuine tsuba.

https://www.jauce.com/auction/n491403321  It is very common for the facial features to be worn away due to the soft metal alloys used.





This last example is a handmade utsushi , you may note there is no signature, but the detailing and hand carving is evident.


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Dale. You have discovered a new clan. The Battle of Uji River is a popular story and is often used in the subject of sword fittings.
However, the tsuba you posted clearly uses the same sketch or the same mold.
You can see the superiority and inferiority of the finished product even by comparing the products handled by the pro shop.






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Well there is a big bonus issue of fake tsuba going up for auction - you could save a lot of money by bulk purchase of junk! One helpful thing is we now have a reference for what not to buy in the future!






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For Feb.

The staple products.








This maker, Hosono Sozaemon Masamori, he is known as an expert of fine line engraving and flat inlay.




reference sample
鴨河原図鐔 細野惣左衛門政守



Although it is a modern mass-produced product, it sells at a high monthly price of 470 to 570 USD. It is a breadwinner.





In another flea market, it was clearly marked as a replica of the showa era and sold. The body and semegane are integrated, as is often the case with castings.


The laminated pattern cannot be seen in the images on the back and sides.



Kozuka on the left has collected a lot of bids for hidden reasons. Seeing that, a similar product appears.



The gold color of the clothes may have the paint sticking out or left unpainted.



The Toryusai school "kuchi beni" is made by fitting and shaping and decorating. It simply poured melted copper.



reference sample



Crushing around nakago-hitu with chisel is a characteristic of the middle Muromachi period. However, the drills and file marks that open the slogan are modern.


Is my search inadequate? The metalworker Goto-norisuke is not on the list I can read. This kind of cursive style is rare for Junjo's signature.


It was revealed that the failure of the casting process was a casting work. It is also characteristic that the edge of seppa-dai is slightly raised.



1a風景人物図縁頭 銘 細野惣左衛門.jpg

1b鴨河原図鐔 細野惣左衛門政守 .jpg


3波虎図鍔 銘 宝真斎寿景.jpg


5秋草文と春画小柄 銘 不読 猪図と春画小柄.jpg

6劉備檀渓渡河図縁頭 銘 大森英秀(花押)2.jpg

7梅樹龍虎図鍔 銘 東龍斎清寿 嘉永二年丁未月夕.jpg

8滅却心頭火自涼 刀匠鍔.jpg

9流水沢潟図小柄二組 金象嵌銘 後藤乗佐花押 後藤順乗花押2.jpg

10波濤透鍔 銘 武州住正種.jpg

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Are you saying the Hosono Sozaemon Masamori's are fake/repro's?
If so, that is very sad, as they are the types I would grab if I saw them on sale. This whole field is starting to look like WW2 German militaria, and requires a huge step backwards and some re-evaluation of how to collect.

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I see these listed every week, it is sort of funny when you check what other items some of these dealers are selling , you get a large number of the same type of fake - https://www.jauce.com/user/dj2hmyuc image.png.4e3132b9ee97abd1b4e56c29bd96d073.png

You would think the dealers would try and conceal the truth a bit better.


Why would anyone pay 60,000 yen for a brand new factory made reproduction? https://www.jauce.com/auction/w448836534

As Yas has shown it is far from unique. While ever there are people out there that will pay large sums of money, others will gladly go to the trouble to 'supply'.


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I was told by my senior at kinko collection that hosono like the image should not touch, so I have kept that teaching.
Therefore, I cannot show the rationale in published books etc.
However, it is also true that my belief has been shaken by seeing a specialty store that is said to be credible in Japan recently selling works with a similar touch that comes with NBTHK paper.


嵐山図小柄 銘 細野惣左衛門政守花押



Hosono's signature is difficult to judge because there are some patterns in "Sosho-tai (cursive style)" as discussed on the MNB bulletin board in the past. I dared not touch it. However, I've heard that items signed in the horizontal position with kozuka & kogai need to be careful.



 A metal plate in the shape of kotosho-tsuba is buried in the Arizona desert and rusted plausibly. I've heard of an urban legend that sold in Japan and made a lot of money. It may be possible in the Great Victoria Desert.

Don't worry about Sarasa-mon's tsuba. A charity trying to help a souvenir shop that is about to collapse due to COVID. Perhaps...

1b風景人物図縁頭 銘 細野惣左衛門.jpg

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Yas I have to cross a lot of water to get to the Great Victoria desert, I get plenty of rust right here from all the rain we get in Tasmania! :laughing:

Did you know the size of the G.V. desert? = 422,466 km²  - That is larger than the whole of Japan!  = 377,915 km²    As my dear old father used to say "Australia - plenty of room"

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https://www.jauce.com/auction/s808531392  28 cm x 25.2 cm


11'' Japanese Tsuba Katana Sword Guard Fitting Cast Iron Signed Wall Plaque

https://picclick.com/Vtg-11-Japanese-Tsuba-Katana-Sword-Guard-Fitting-232398491013.html   Also on  https://www.jauce.com/auction/b539885510

SOLD - Sep 29, 2018, 04:50 PM $55.00 image.png.abd305d25ee62ac79343a9c287976fb4.png
Nambu Tekki image.png.9745a196adef61462a5aa3c8348aa620.png     tsuba design ornament plates [diameter 15 cm]
image.png.bac0d039925831947596a1bedd663649.png    https://www.jauce.com/auction/v779901391 275mm x 245mm x 7mm  Weight 1884g
All these are seriously large tsuba-like objects. I have one the same size as the top image (different pattern) that I use as a Sundial in my garden and I also have a set of the tsuba cast iron 'sizzle' plates. Most of these objects are relatively cheap ornaments - except their weight is often a small fortune in shipping costs!:(
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2 hours ago, Spartancrest said:

Hi Antonis

These sites sell very similar Iaito  (居合刀) modern metal practice swords, without a cutting edge, used primarily for practicing Iaido.



The guard on your example is like that found here.  https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/8092474309071042/  [Sorry for the picture quality].



These can also be found at online auctions. Since it is a wide variety of goods, there are likely to be many things that have passed.






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Hi Yas, another Hamano Noriyuki reproduction - "Silver" this time [Don't think so!]   https://www.jauce.com/auction/c896249242

The face as usual is worn away, the inscription and other details are not too bad, the ura has casting faults in the seppa-dai. They must have made plenty of them that's for sure, they keep turning up. 



These  are back again as well : https://www.jauce.com/auction/m480343769  ,   https://www.jauce.com/auction/h542120189



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I think this tsuba, where he sells, is more damaging. Unless he is a little calculative buyer, he will bid.


By the way, I saw the news that The Met would sell its collection. It's amazing, and it's if to get out of hand if you have an auction.


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Yas - The Metropolitan Museum of Art already sold a large number of tsuba back in 2006. [Christies Auction of Japanese Art 28th March 2006 Sale 1638 ] I collected the images and information into book form so that they would not be entirely lost - My advice is don't donate to that Museum - they are only in it for the money and won't preserve your gifts. All these guards were gifted to the museum and are now in private hands around the world.


back cover 250 book.jpg

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