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The nanako caught my eye; does this look to be shakudo?  Is the signature of any help?  Thanks!!

 

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Richard thats a very fine Tsuba. The nanako is just perfect. And with that dragons - a must have.

 

Shakuda for me.

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I’m not completely certain as I can’t rotate the picture but the signature may read Goto Hokyo Ichijo plus Kao. 
 

A big name if correct and genuine...

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1 hour ago, Shugyosha said:

I’m not completely certain as I can’t rotate the picture but the signature may read Goto Hokyo Ichijo plus Kao. 
 

A big name if correct and genuine...


That’s what it says. Still don’t know if it’s shoshin...F20058-sho.jpg

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I'd say yes, definitely shakudo.

 

The mei appears to suggest that it's by a certain Goto Ichijo....whoever he was 😉.

Judging by the work style, formal, use of nanako and mon, etc. and the obvious similarity to the classical Goto school style Kao it would appear to be/ or emulating an early Ichijo work.

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spacer.pngspacer.png3.55” high x 2.95” wide

0.40” at rim

159 gr.

 

I’m just... awestruck.  

This beauty’s going to shinsa for sure!

(I think it was the whisker-holes on the dragons’ muzzles—and the way the nanako bends around the mimi—that finally broke my brain...)  While this may be gimei, I keep thinking of Darcy’s article on Ichijo’s unreal ability to work in hyper-miniature.

There a few tiny areas of blunt-force damage to the nanako, but the condition otherwise seems fantastic.  There is heavy grime visible within the centers of the coiled dragons that I’m not about to mess with.

Would love to have you all’s input, and particularly Mr. Ford’s:  Is there any reason NOT to immediately pursue shinsa?  I was thinking that the expense of any restoration work should be delayed until I get positive shinsa results—or would my odds at shinsa be improved by having it restored first?

Thanks guys, off to go breathe into a paper bag...

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I really wanted to bid on this one but i had no power to back my bids.

Glad it came here looking forward to results.

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I don't think there's any advantage to having any cleaning done before shinsa. It's in pretty good nick and looks spot on in my opinion. Good luck.

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