F201. Finely Polished Shibuichi Tsuba by Ichijin (Itchin), Tokubetsu Hozon
F201. Highly polished shibuichi tsuba signed, Kaei Tsuchinoe-saru Fuyu Enami Ichijin and Kao. 5 x 5.7 x .25 cm at the slightly raised rim. It seems not much is known about Ichijin (can also be read Itchin). I assume this is late Edo work and I know it is devilishly difficult to photograph. Some photos were good for detail and others good for color; none were good for both. I’m posting lots of pictures: some of each. The color is deep black shibuichi (I would have guessed shakudo but the paper says shibuichi).
This tsuba comes in a box with pillow. A former owner has written in English, neatly on a corer of the box, Itchin, family of Enami, Mosle’ page 154 $400, date 1848. This tsuba comes also with a Tokubetsu Hozon paper from the NBTHK in Tokyo, dated 2019. Condition is near perfect. $2,495.