T293. Higo Iron Sukashi Tsuba Papered to 3rd Hayashi Tohachi
T293. Iron sukashi tsuba papered by the NBTHK to 3rd Hayashi Tohachi. 6.9 x 7.3 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .9 x 2.6. Warabite and sakura (cherry) in a very pleasing sukashi and in perfect condition. It is a bit unusual for the NBTHK to specify generation on unsigned Higo tsuba but in this case the paper, dated 2009, gives the piece to the 3rd Hayashi master: Tohachi (1723 – 1791). The iron is top quality; this is a joy to handle. Comes in a fitted box with pillow. There is a label in English on the side of the box: NBTHK Hayashi Tohachi warabite sakura. $3,200.