12 November 2003
A Tanto [Dagger]
With signature Nagamitsu attributed to the late Tegai School of Yamato, Muromachi Period (15th Century)
The blade of unokubi zukuri with uchizori, mitsumune, forging pattern koitame, tempered edge hoso suguha of nioi, ji-nie, bo-utsuri close to the hamon, the omote carved with a ken, the ura with gomabashi, tang ubu with two holes, nagasa 10¼in. (26.1cm.), in an aikuchi scabbard in black lacquer decorated with archaic Chinese characters in gold lacquer, the tsuka with polished same-nuri, patinated silver fuchi-kashira, the kashira pierced, combined koiguchi and kurikata, extended kojiri, gold manji and karigane mon mekugi, with its original outer silk lined leather bag with gilt manji mon and karigane mon as on the mekugi, 19th Century, full length 17¼in. (44cm.)
The manji [swastika] is that of the Matsudaira family, daimyo of Okudono in Mikawa.
The karigane mon [wild geese] is one of several variations which were used by the hatamoto who were officials in the direct employ of the shogun
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Michael Dean, Sado - Island of Gold, International Netsuke Society Journal (Fall 1997), p. 14
The London Token Convention, 1981.
Kotsubu-ire zaya are rarely encountered, they are fitted with a concealed slide to contain isshu-gin [silver coins]. One is the Kaei isshu-gin of 1853, the other Kaheishi isshu-gin of 1868.
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