New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN ECHIZEN KEN YARI
MUROMACHI PERIOD (CIRCA 1500), SIGNED ESSHU TSURUGA (NO) JU FUJIWARA SHIMOFUSA (NO) KAMI MUNEYOSHI
Configuration (sugata): ken yari; length (nagasa): 2 shaku, 0 sun, 2 bu (61.2cm.)
Forging pattern (jihada): regular and straight wood grains (itame masame).
Tempering pattern (hamon): wide suguba in nioi with some ko-nie.
Point (boshi): medium brush tip (hakikake).
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): slender, of square section, 60.5cm.; file marks (yasurime): hatched (higaki); end (nakagojiri): rounded (kuri-jiri); holes (mekugi-ana): two (one being a shinobi-ana, a secondary hole for additional security); signature (mei): Esshu Tsuruga (no) ju Fujiwara Shimofusa (no) Kami Muneyoshi.
Two silk storage bags.
Accompanied by a futsu kicho token certificate, no number, Showa 35 (1960), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.
Kimball Arms Co., Woburn, Massachusetts
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