K165. Iron sukashi tsuba papered to Myochin (armor making family). 6.8 x 7.4 x .6 cm. The nakago hitsu_ana is .9 x 2.6 cm. A gunbai is a war commander's fan, used as a symbol of authority and for signalling troops. Heavy, dense iron with a wonderful surface. A former owner has given me a translation of the paper:
kantei-sho (鑑定書) - Appraisal No. 217068
tsuba (鐔) gunbai-sukashi (軍配透) – Openwork design of a war fan
kiwame Myōchin (明珍) – attributed to the Myōchin School
mumei (無銘), tetsu-ji (鉄地) – unsigned, iron
jidai (時代) Edo-chūkji (江戸中期) – time of production, mid-Edo period
Thickness at seppa-dai 6 mm, thickness at rim 5.5 mm
Height 72 mm, width 68 cm
Sunpyō (寸評) – Brief Review
The Myōchin were originally armorers but with the peaceful Edo period, some of their members changed
their profession and became tsuba makers. This tsuba is of an excellently forged iron and shows a
skillfully applied openwork design of a war fan.
Uki no tōri kantei-suru (右記の通り鑑定する) – Above the summary of our appraisal.
December 25, 2017
Nihon Tōsōgu Kenkyū Kai (日本刀装具研究会)
This is a strong, bold design, well executed and in excellent condition. SOLD
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