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There is one here at catawiki   https://www.catawiki.com/l/21380241-iron-tsuba-signed-kofu-ju-namitoshi-gold-inlay-Japan-19th-century

It has a little more gold highlights. [ I have lightened the image so the mei is a little clearer, still difficult to read] The rim also has gold overlay.

It is in fact the same tsuba as number 9. in the post by Andrey E. above.

 

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There is another in the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences [Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Australia] Similar flower theme but the mei looks to be from another hand. A5308-31

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Also one in the Ashmolean Museum [Jameel centre] http://jameelcentre.ashmolean.org/collection/8/object/20284  image.thumb.png.796df5b71ac4b7383cf95622cd48fd66.png

I am no expert on mei and the signatures may well be by different people but the style of work is the same.

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There is a guard by Inshu no ju Naomitsu [Naomitsu of Inaba Province] in the Brooklyn Museum of the same general type - taken just a little more to extreme. 

The Brooklyn Museum only has B&W images. Stephen the seppa-dai looks like it has obliterated a signature in your example?

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Hi Dale,

the signature is consistent with Masanao (正直), Bushū-Itō school. The gingko leaves composition is well carved, and the price is still low... (but I'm out of budget)
 

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Mauro, thanks for that information. I don't think it will stay at a low price for long - my budget is empty as well! Isn't it always the way when a bargain comes along, you still don't have the money, :bang:

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