H371. Iron Tsuba signed Umetada. Holbrook
H371. Iron plate tsuba signed Umetada. 7.6 x 8.3 x .6 cm at the raised rim. The nakago hitsu-ana is.8 x 2.7 cm. This comes out of the Skip Holbrook collection; Skip’s tag says, “Umetada, Gold plum blossom for Ume, Kiri & turtle shell”. Instead of a Kanji for the 1st part of the signature, the smith has inlaid a gold plum (ume in Japanese); nice touch. The carving is accentuated with a few gold ten-zogan; all but 1 remain. Another nice tsuba. $650.