Toppyo koshirae were produced at the end of the Edo period and into the early Meiji period. They could be worn with either traditional Japanese clothes or western dress or uniforms. They were made shorter than the normal katana mounting and with a pointed kashira and kojiri, usually, although not in this case, with the kurikata replaced with a band around the saya bearing a ring on the inside edge.
Accompanied by an original certificate of registration as a Juyo Token [Important Sword] by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword] certified at the 39th Juyo Shinsa in 1993.
Takahashi Yoshitsugu, born in 1842, was a talented artist from a family that was well known for its guri or mokume sword fittings, he studied under Tanaka Kiyotoshi (Seiju) and died young in 1873.
Matsuzaki Naritoshi worked in Edo (Tokyo) in various late styles and died circa 1875.