New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN EDO KINKO TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1850)
The thick, oval iron plate has a flat and smooth surface and is decorated in high relief with two gold crests of hanging wisteria (sagari fuji) and one shakudo crest of a three-level pine tree (sangai matsu) on the face. The reverse bears one fuji crest. The kogai hitsu-ana is plugged with cat-scratched gold--height 8.0cm., width 7.7cm., thickness 5.0mm.
G. H. Naunton
Glendining & Co., London, February 1965, lot 428 (2 pcs.)
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Joly (1912), p. 244, no. 3197, not illustrated
This tsuba appears to have been custom-made to match a set of fittings designed with the same two family crests.
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