14 May 2008,
Price realised GBP 2,750
GBP 1,800 - GBP 2,500
THE FIRST EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY), THE SECOND MUROMACHI PERIOD (16th CENTURY)
The first a mumei shinshinto tanto with partial mune oroshi, length 15.7cm, itame nagare hada with ko-maru boshi, silver clad habaki, in a fine aikuchi koshirae with saya and tsuka of black lacquer with horizontal striations and fine shell nashiji, the fine matching silver mounts simulating straw or twigs; the second a mounted koto tanto with hirazukuri blade of length 19.6cm, on the omote a suken horimono extending into a narrowing bohi, on the ura a bohi extending into futasujibi, itame nagare hada, gunome midare hamon with much sunagashi and kinsuji, in an aikuchi koshirae with black cloud design on a red lacquer ground, complete nine metal fittings of iron with stylized linked curved star patterns in gold inlay, with menuki of chickens in shakudo, signature obscured (?) Hisa, Muromachi Period (16th Century) (2)
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