A fine tanto | Edo - Meiji period, 19th century
15,000 - 20,000 GBP
Property from an American Collection
A fine tanto
Edo - Meiji period, late 19th century
Sugata [configuration]: Hirazukuri, iori-mune, mu-zoriKitae [forging pattern]: Tight itame-hada
Hamon [tempering pattern]: Suguha, nioi
Boshi [tip]: O-maru boshi
Horimono [carvings]: Carved and engraved to the omote with a pair of small birds in flight beside a tall bamboo stalk, the leaves inlaid in gold the ura deeply carved with further bamboo
Nakago [tang]: Two mekugi-ana, one filled in with lead, signed ...ta...michi saku
Habaki [collar]: Copper-gilt
Koshirae [mount]: The black lacquer saya [scabbard] decorated in iroe togidashi-e and very fine nashiji with pigeons in moonlight, the silver mounts decorated in low and high relief with pine trees and branches, inlaid in gold with pine needles and silver and gold pigeons, the slide for the kozuka lined in gold brocade, the menuki in the form of pigeons, the kozuka signed Goshu ...tsugu Mizuichi, 44 cm., 17¼ in., long
Nagasa [length from kissaki to machi]: 30.2 cm., 11⅞ in.
Moto-haba [width at the machi]: 2.4 cm., 1 in.
Some minor scratches to the lacquer and one small dent to the koshirae.
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