How often one encounters tsuba with Meiji period papers? Almost never, but here is one. Comes with a box, bag, hakogaki and written origami. 7.8 x 7.8cm. I don’t know iron tsuba well, nor can I read such texts – all translations are courtesy of Markus Sesko. This item was handed down within my family for a very long time. According to Lord Zentokuin, an antique dealer from saka once came and appraised the piece, saying that it was made about 600 years ago and that it should therefore be esteemed and treasured. Written by Hirotaka on the first day of the fifth month of Meiji 20 (1887) + ka. Naoyoshi says that Masatake was the first generation Shami, that he lived in Matsuyama in Iyo province, and that the lineage worked for about six generations on a stipend-basis for the local Matsudaira family. It is said that there were once some rather small tsuba like this one extant which bore the mei Yosh Matsuyama no j Masatake and that Masatake is regarded as ancestor of all zgan inlay [on tsuba]. [Referring to the hakogaki] Naoyoshi is uncertain about the name Dass and states that 600 years ago, tsuba were, unlike this one, undecorated and that such sukashi and/or engravings were atypical for that time. He also says that it is conceivable that Dass was an art name of one of the helmet makers of the Mychin family [who made tsuba at the side]. Tsuba box’s outer lid. In other words, we have an old iron tsuba which was an ancient inheritance of some samurai family with a name Dasso. Towards the end of the 19th century they had it appraised and the results written down. The references Yoshu Matsuyama… And the names referred to (Masatake Shoami, Dasso Myochin) curiously enough seem to not survive into the modern sources. A neat tsuba with a very unique paperwork! All with two weeks inspection period, moneyback no questions asked. The item “Iron tsuba with Meiji papers to Shoami Masatake, antique Japanese sword katana” is in sale since Sunday, December 15, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Tsuba”. The seller is “subjaudio” and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Region of Origin: Japan
- Age: Pre-1800
- Maker: Goto family
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
Categorised as: iron
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