T273. Unusual Iron Tsuba Signed Soten
T273. Iron tsuba signed on one side, Goshu Hikone no Ju, and on the other, Soheishi Nyudo Soten Sei. 6.4 x 6.4 cm across the flats, 7.6 cm on the diagonal. The plate is .5 cm and at its thickest (at the rim) the tsuba is 1.3 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.7 cm. Not sure I’ve ever seen a tsuba made this way before; looks like the rim was split and folded both ways. There is gold and silver inlay (the gold of one bird is missing) and well done carving. Soten is a very big name and I’m assuming this to be school work or gimei. If you send it to shinsa and prove me wrong I will refund all of the purchase price upon return. $275.