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Yasaka Azuma

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:laughing: I think they used much better technology than the old picture! They are made of steel rather than iron but they do pop up in copper and brass. That one with a fukurin is the first I have seen. I have one myself with an inlaid silver 'Moon' and a hitsu-ana cut in, so there may have been some embellishing going on as well - 'gold' overlay etc.

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Oh, that's the example.
I've also seen some with colored metals in Japan, but I don't think it's possible for swordfittings to be crafted in such a way as to interfere with Seppa attachment.
In other words, it cannot be used as tsuba.

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We have discussed commemorative paperweights before [ like that below ] but one has turned up in a combined auction. i-img640x360-1552603114upjw6k4676.jpg

 https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/a-carved-wood-okimono-with-shells-a-tsuba-and-a-b-952-c-6ea45478c8

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I think this is how some tsuba copies get confused with what they start out as, this auction does not mention the storage box that would have come with the paperweight, so that subsequent owners have no reference to what they really have. I am not criticizing the estimates by the auction house in this case, the okimono alone may be worth the estimate, but there is a lack of relevant provenance on the tsuba paperweight.

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It's true that when the new owner, who doesn't know the situation, puts it up, it suddenly looks solemn, like a real icon or cross. I won't severely criticize that metal plate, lest I incur the wrath of Christians.:quiet:

 

This is off the topic, but it is reported in Japan that there is a huge cicada outbreak in the eastern states of the U.S. Mito Eizui's cicadas also appear repeatedly in all seasons. And someone buys it at an undeservedly high price.

https://www.jauce.com/auction/t777400699


 

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May.

The staple products.

https://www.jauce.com/auction/t807319654

https://www.jauce.com/auction/t805493496

https://www.jauce.com/auction/x781031509

https://www.jauce.com/auction/m492510693

https://www.jauce.com/auction/547004652

https://www.jauce.com/auction/558488108

https://www.jauce.com/auction/h554640431

 

It is difficult to tell from the image, but the gold coloration is unnatural. Also, the fact that the back side is filled with resin is also artificial.
However, the front side looks good at first glance, so you may be tempted to bid on it.
https://www.jauce.com/auction/j728501552

 

I have seen Ishiguro schools with the same design but slightly different details in online auctions. However, all of them do not look authentic.
This time, it came out clad in a label from a famous auction house.

https://www.jauce.com/auction/x779638076

 

This is the new world of Natuo, finished with paint. If you read the year as "kanotou", it might be 2011 instead of 1831 or 1891.
https://www.jauce.com/auction/j728402197

 

The price is fixed at 181,000JPY, but it is a cast product as you can see. In addition, the pipe hole is visible.
https://www.jauce.com/auction/554507415

 

As stated in the product description, the paper does not match the actual item. This is an example of how paper in the Showa era was either bullshit or suspected to be counterfeit.
https://www.jauce.com/auction/o441767475

 

These two are low-end mass-produced products that are often found. On search sites, you can find many tsuba with the same design. A thorough comparison and inspection should be done on all of them to see if they should be avoided.
https://www.jauce.com/auction/l685966835

https://www.jauce.com/auction/p850130753

 

This month we have seen some tsuba titled Higo. This is what the seller claims to be Nishigaki School, but the certificate doesn't even say Higo.
The inlaying skill that is characteristic of Higo school is not seen, and there are still round traces.
https://www.jauce.com/auction/t809058488

 

If you lobby an author or editor to include them in a book, these may be called "Higo's masterpieces.

https://www.jauce.com/auction/o476882597

https://www.jauce.com/auction/f514288835

 

 

 

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Hi Yas I have just been doing some research on a book I am about to publish on the Cleveland Museum of Art tsuba collection,  and I came across this auction from 2012 

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20190/lot/10/?category=list&length=12&page=1  There is a guard that is almost identical to the Bonhams auction one in the Cleveland Museum [number 1919.422]  The only real difference is the Bonhams is a total fake!  Zoom in on the hitsu-ana and it is a dead set giveaway. I feel sorry for the person who paid so much, I have a theory that many of these fakes are copied directly from museum collections on-line, in some cases the museums only show the omote side and the forgeries have to resort to a made up design on the ura.

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Dale, it's exactly as you said. This makes your discovery the third, no doubt about it that someone is making a mold from a picture.
Buyers can buy a file that removes burrs, and then they can complete their tsuba and enjoy the self-satisfaction of owning a museum piece and the same type product. If it is made in Japan, it will be repeatedly found in online auctions. Maybe it is made in a foreign country?

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It would not be so bad if they were marketed as 'replicas' [and priced that way] and these are not utsushi which would be a compliment to the original, these are deliberate fakes meant to deceive. It is a very interesting hobby isn't it ! :)

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Likely middlemen. It's for sale for X in Japan, so they list it at a much higher price, hoping if someone falls for it, they purchase it and sell for a profit.
Not illegal, but not exactly honorable either.

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Of course, because they are using the original seller's pics where it is listed in Japan. Likely one of the auctions.

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