Three orphaned fuchi which I have put together in a box.
The first features an eagle standing on a branch and is signed Ishigoro Koreyoshi (Haynes H 03489). Late Edo period. This appears to be a common design for Koreyoshi as there are fittings in both the Hawkshaw and Mosle collections with eagles and hawks sitting in trees.
The second fuchi features legendary Chinese poet/monk Kanzan reading a scroll, signed Joi,1701-1761 (Haynes H 02135). This is most likely gimei. There is a similar fuchi in the Goda Collection of Japanese Sword Fittings Catalogue by Robert Hamilton Tucker (Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA, 1924). Tucker describes this character as the Chinese Hermit Shinno, holding in his hand a tablet with the pa qua (8 diagrams) of the Chinese. This fuchi is accompanied by its matching kashira which features Shinno wearing a coat of leaves of the Taoist Rishis, and chewing a blade of grass. See photo below.
The last fuchi features an adult deer and her two fawn in high relief and is signed Hideshige (or Terushige). There are at least two of each of these artists listed in Haynes.
Fuchi 1: Hawk
Height 1.2cm excluding hawk’s head which protrudes over the top
Fuchi 2: Kanzan
Fuchi 3: Deer
Dale Garbutt Collection, USA
Photo of the fuchi kashira by Issando (gold seal of Nagaharu) from the Goda Collection of Japanese Sword Fittings Catalogue (see above).