The Tsuba Collector

A private collection of antique Japanese Sword Guards

Tsuba for Sale

Mito Tsuba

Iron tsuba featuring the legendary Chinese hero Guan Yu (Kan’u Uncho) seated at a low table. The design has been created by the artist carving away a large amount of iron to form the building, windows, curtains, clouds, table, etc. Guan Yu’s long beard is done in shakudo and his hat and clothes are gold iroe. The ‘Green Dragon’ naginata/polearm is edged in silver. The rim is covered in gold. Mumei. Edo period. The Mito attribution was provided by Robert Haynes.

x.xx cm x x.xx cm x x.xx cm

Exhibited at the Token Society of Great Britain Taikan, Chiddingstone Castle, Kent, UK, October 2015

Price US $3,000, including postage and insurance.

Mito

Yoshioka Tsuba

Shakudo tsuba featuring design of scattered chrysanthemums (kikka chirashi) carved in gold. Thought to be the work of the Yoshioka Ibana no Suke school, who worked for the Tokugawa Bakafu. Mumei. Mid Edo period. This was purchased from Ginza Choshuya in 2012. Attribution from Ginza Choshuya and backed up by Robert Haynes.

x.xx cm x x.xx cm x x.xx cm

Exhibited at the Token Society of Great Britain Taikan, Chiddingstone Castle, Kent, UK, October 2015

Price US $3,000, including postage and insurance.

Yoshioka

Akasaka Tsuba

Iron sukashi tsuba with design of go-san no kiri, or paulownia leaves, while the rim has a design of paulownia blossoms. Beautiful silky surface with nice sukashi work. Mumei.
Late Edo period.

x cm x x cm x x cm

Exhibited at the Token Society of Great Britain Taikan, Chiddingstone Castle, Kent, UK, October 2015

Price US $2,500, including postage and insurance.

Akasaka

Kyo-Sukashi Tsuba (papered)

Iron sukashi tsuba of mokko-gata shape. Attributed to Kyo-Sukashi (NBTHK Hozon). Ginger leaves decorate the top and bottom while wild geese fill both sides. The delicate carving, thin lines, rounded rim and half-moon shaped hitsu-ana are all characteristics of the Kyo-Sukashi school.
Edo period.

x cm x x cm x x cm

Price US $1,250, including postage and insurance.

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Kyo-Sukashi Tsuba (papered)

Iron sukashi tsuba of circular form, finely carved and pierced with shippō tsunagi design (repeated overlapping circles). Mumei, but attributed to Kyo Sukashi school. The motif represents the ‘endless circle of the seven treasures’ in Buddhist mythology.  The pattern is popular on textiles and is considered to be a symbol of good fortune. The shape of the hitsu-ana are telltale signs of Kyo-Sukashi school.  NBTHK Hozon paper.
Edo period

x cm x x cm x x cm

Price US $1,750, including postage and insurance.

Akasaka Tsuba (papered)

Iron sukashi tsuba with design of chrysanthemum and kiri (paulownia). The horizontal lines represent water, perhaps with blossoms floating on it. A similar tsuba can be found on Jim Gilbert’s website. Mumei. NBTHK Hozon paper to Akasaka school.
Edo period

x.xx cm x.xx cm x x.xx cm

Price US $1,200, including postage and insurance.

 

Shoami Tsuba (two sets of papers)

Iron Shoami tsuba with design of Kiri Leaves and Temple Roof. Maru mimi. The iron is rich and dark and the carving is well done. This looks very much like a Higo design, however both the NTHK and NBTHK papered this tsuba to Shoami. Lovely patina.
Edo period.
7.2cm x 6.8cm

Price US $1,500, including postage and insurance.

 

Myochin Tsuba

Iron tsuba with unusual flower petal shape. Beautiful silky patina. Signed Myochin Sandaime. Edo period. Lovely dark patina.

x.xx cm x x.xx cm x x.xx cm

Price US $1,000