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From a seller in Germany I got these three Tsubas, he had bought them many years ago on a trip to Asia. One is remarkably smaller than the other two. The largest one shows heavy signs of usage/damage, the condition of the other two however is nice.

 

For being a full beginner I'd appreciate any feedback on these three, what the themes are called and if they are something special or common. THANKS!

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Hi Georg,
I think you have three honest tsuba (Japanese words doesn't have plural forms), possibly from middle-late Edo time. Since they all are supposed to be used on katana/wakizashi, your pics are upside down.
Little to say about the first one. The smaller one could be Shōami or Nara, the third one (with dragon and clouds) looks like Higo style.

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Sorry for the wrong wording and posting them upside down! Truly a beginner mistake that should not had happened.

 

Since I could not edit the starting post any more please find attached the images now 180° turned.

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To answer your second question, Promo: these are good and honest Tsuba, as Mauro said - but nothing special. Rather middle-class. In my eyes these are good Tsuba to start a collection. The first one is an interesting and dynamic composition, hard to say which school. The smallest one shows the work of a good craftsman, I like that one. 

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Dear Georg.

 

You refer to the dragon tsuba as having signs of heavy use or damage.  What makes you think that?

 

All the best.

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On 10/28/2020 at 9:42 AM, Rodenbacher said:

To answer your second question, Promo: these are good and honest Tsuba, as Mauro said - but nothing special. Rather middle-class. In my eyes these are good Tsuba to start a collection. The first one is an interesting and dynamic composition, hard to say which school. The smallest one shows the work of a good craftsman, I like that one. 

Thank you for this evaluation! I didn't pay much for them and thought they would be good to start with. I've found time to do better pictures of all three, now with the new camera and not mobile phone. They are attached, maybe they would allow telling more.

 

23 hours ago, Geraint said:

Dear Georg.

 

You refer to the dragon tsuba as having signs of heavy use or damage.  What makes you think that?

 

All the best.

Geraint, it looks much more worn and seems to have digs and dents. Do you see this differently? Curious to learn on this!

 

The dimensions are:

Dragon Tsuba: 85 mm height, 79 mm width

Round one: 85 mm height, 85 mm width

small one: 67 mm height, 63 mm width

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Well I like the small wak sized one a lot, very delicate and clean design. Would have picked that one up myself!

 

Mark

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