12 November 1996
A SILVER INABANOSUKE TSUBA
Signed Yoshioka Inabanosuke, 18th Century
The silver nanako plate of irregular oak leaf shape, carved and pierced to resemble a butterfly, a with its legs and acorns to the base, with a fitted box bearing hakogaki by Honami Nisshu.
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Yoshioka family was a metal worker to the Tokugawa Shogunate. As they made kenjo pieces, the first two generations did not sign. Their workes are usually in shakudo.
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