Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 253: Signed Japanese Sword with NTHK Documented Edo Period Tsuba

Auction Date: June 22, 2022

Signed Japanese Sword with NTHK Documented Edo Period Gold/Shakudo Tsuba

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Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,500

Signed Japanese Sword with NTHK Documented Edo Period Gold/Shakudo Tsuba

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37 1/2" OAL, 26 3/4" blade with a straight hamon and asymmetrical horimono designs, blackened and gilt habaki, signed round shakudo tsuba with raised gold dragon motifs. The hilt is disassembled, with the fuchi and kashira showing decoration to match the tsuba, a metal band around the wood of the grip engraved and metal accented with a village scene on the right side and a godlike figure armed with a sword rising above waves on the left. The saya is black lacquered, with an elaborate shakudo and gold tip decorated to match the tsuba and gold striped accents. A five-figure signature is present on the left side of the tang, with one mekugi-ana. Included with the sword is a set of documents (photocopy of worksheet and actual certificate) from a shinsa event held in Chicago in 2004 by the NTHK, where the tsuba was inspected; the item received a score of 75 points, and was attributed to the smith Yanagawa in the late Edo period. The blade shows nicks, spotting, and a few small areas of pitting, the tsuba and other shakudo fittings are in good condition, and the grip and saya show notable wear and material loss.

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