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A very unusual Tsuba.

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Very interesting and a bit strange to my old eyes. I've never handled a Shingen tsuba, but thought they were "woven" from side to side. ???  I wonder if this tsuba is two separate tsuba layered back to back?? How no idea, just pure speculation.

Rich

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Here is a Shingen tsuba from the Varshavsky collection. I went looking for a typical shingen and saw this one.

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The fukurin probably hides the construction method, not your usual Shingen that is for sure.

Barry that Varshavsky one is a bit rough and ready - plenty of loose wires. He has another one that is dual personality but on the one face.

We can't see the opposite side to see how it is constructed either.

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Is the double sided from your collection Peter?

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Wow, that is interesting to me for two reasons, the first being I have never seen the "one sided" shingen before, and the other being I had never seen a shingen weave without a lacquer binding? Was this usual? I would have thought the wire would be susceptible to bending and breaking without the binding material. Coming from an actual use point of view here

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Just wondering, is there a possible prank here?? Really two different tsuba. A good one that I feel for , if it is :rotfl:

Rich

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Don't blame you for wondering Rich, it is one tsuba ,two separate plates. The Shingen one is only about 2mm thick (approx). Yes Dale it is in my collection.                                                                   I will try to photo the two plates in the seppa.

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Peter,

that's pretty wild - I wonder what whoever had it made was going for there.  Obligatory images of similar "basket style" shingen in my collection:

 

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rkg

(Richard George)

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