C251. Early Katchushi Tsuba
C251. Iron, early, armor maker's tsuba. 8.5 x 8.6 x .4 cm on the raised rim (.3 cm on the plate). The nakago hitsu-ana is 1 x 3 cm. This is an impressive tsuba; it has great presence. It has, also, excellent iron with ample tekkotsu on the rim. Ubu (unaltered); no ryo-hitsu has been added. Earliest Edo or maybe even before, according to the consignor; I see no reason to disagree. Perfect condition with a wonderful patina. Comes with a box & pillow. $600.
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