12 November 1996
For the tang or lot 438, please see illustration on the previous page.
A BIZEN OSAFUNE TANTO WITH TOPPI-GOSHIRAE
Mei: Bishu Osafune Sukemitsu saku and dated Bunmei gannen (1469) hachigatsu bi
The blade hirazukuri with bo-hi ni soehi with tsume on both sides, forging pattern masame and itame, tempered edge chu-suguha in nioi and some ko-nie, chu-maru boshi with slight hakikake, tang ubu, 17cm., (tip slightly repolished),
; with a small toppi goshirae the scabbard with snakeskin fitted with a roiro kashira, kurikata, fuchi and kojiri and the hilt with shark skin, with an accompanying certificate for the blade, 19th Century
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Toppi goshirae was made in the late Edo period to fit the western style wear.
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