T354. Yamakichibei Tsuba with Sato Kanzan Hako-gaki
T354. Iron sukashi tsuba signed Yamakichibei. 8.7 x 8.7 x .35 cm at the slightly raised rim. Tha nakago hitsu-ana is .9 x 2.9 cm. Daruma dolls, I believe, is the sukashi. The iron has a great surface, with tsuchime and subtle tekkotsu all over. This tsuba comes with a quality box with pillow and hako-gaki by Kanzan Sato giving this to Katchushi utsushi by Kodai (later generation) Yamakichibei. The collector who read the box for me is convinced that this is Yondai (4th generation). All in all a very fine piece.
Condition is excellent. Was 1,775, now $1,395.