S138. Wakizashi Koshirae with Signed Choshu Tsuba
S138. Koshirae for a wakizashi, made to fit a blade with a nagasa of about 18″ (46 cm). The tsuba is iron with gold inlay, 7 x 7.2 cm, and signed Choshu Ju Masasada. The menuki are shakudo and gold. The fuchi kashira are shakudo of waves with a gold constellation on the kashira: quite nice. The koiguchi and kurikata are horn (one of the 2 eyelets in the kurikata is missing). The kojiri is shakudo and may match the fuchi kashira. The saya is red/brown and black lacquer and, except for 3 or 4 tiny flaws, is in mint condition. The tsuka-ito is in excellent condition also. There is no kotsuka/kogatana. All is held together with a wooden tsunagi, repurposed and cut short from a different koshirae, but still doing its job just fine.
Quite pleasant this. Lots to appreciate. 14 ounces. $845.