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Hello,

 

Is it a Tosho-Tsuba or a Katchushi-Tsuba.

 

Would like comment and translation of NBTHK paper for this smith. 

 

Where did the blacksmith work and which school did he belong to?

 

// Robert

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Robert,

KO-TOSHO and KO-KACHUSHI TSUBA were not signed, as far as I know. If this one has a MEI, it is most likely EDO period. Both are not schools, but styles. Later TSUBA maker adopted the designs of the old masters. 
You might say the TSUBA above with plum blossom is in TOSHO style. If you look into the books you will see that real old TOSHO TSUBA had certain characteristics: Many were rather thin (1 to 2,5 mm) and rather large, some more than 100 mm!

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Tadatsugu are very common (I think I have at least one), though I'm not sure what school they might be placed in.   I agree with Jean's comments and think that Tadatsugu are neither Tosho or Katchushi.  

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Your paperwork does not address any of your questions, Robert. Merely "Plum (Japanese apricot) flower small sukashi tsuba, Mumei, (Tadatsugu),  (iron?) 'ji' and round in shape".  It does not mention Amida yasuri, but perhaps it should have.

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I was trying to avoid spoon feeding it to him, but there is already a good old thread on the topic:

 

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To give you a answer to your´s question-

 

your´s Tsuba is neither of both!

 

A Tosho Tsuba is a Tsuba dating early 12th Century till up to Nambokucho ( this is roughly about 400 to 450 Years )

A Katchushi Tsuba is is practically congruent;  just to find real Katchushi works from Nambokucho is relatively scarce.

 

All Tsuba in stilism to both above mentioned exemplaires can not be called Tosho, neither Katchushi.

very simple.

 

latter works sometimes are called " by name" to theirs specific shape and execution, do but have nothing to do with the real ones!

 

your´s is a latter Edo times " revival of the good old days " -shape ....it is not a old Tsuba at all. It is just Edo.

 

Christian

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The other thread discussed whether these common Tadatsugu tsuba are from the Umetada school, yet the discussion wasn't conclusive.  To continue with Robert's question, are these ubiquitous Tadatsugu tsuba considered Umetada?  

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Hello to everyone. 

 

This one is in my collection. Is papered by NBTHK to Umetada

 

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I hope this help. 

 

Regards 

Luca

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