T317. Yagyu Iron Sukashi Tsuba
T317. Iron sukashi tsuba attributed to Yagyu. 7.2 x 7.2 x .45 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .85 x 3 cm. This tsuba used to belong to Skip Holbrook; both he and Robert Haynes have attributed it to Yagyu. I have a previous owner’s notes about the tsuba, which say: Yagyu, late 17th century, slightly convex, bevelled sukashi openings, abundant tekkotsu, layering evident. The sides of the central diamond aren’t square to the plate; they are bevelled, and you can see evidence of layering in the sukashi. Condition is excellent. $650.