T409. Namban or East Asian Tsuba
T409. Namban, East Asian, or maybe even Japanese (what do I know?) iron sukashi tsuba. 6.7 x 7.2 x .42 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.7 cm (wider at the middle). This one is a bit of a puzzler for me: the design is typical of what usually gets classed as Namban but the iron and its patina are much finer than what I normally see on Namban. The carved rim also makes me look to Japan. But the nakago hitsu-ana definitely was made to accomodate some sword that is not Japanese. Oh well… I’ll let you figure it out.
Condition is excellent. $225.