Dagger (tantō) with Signed Scabbard
This is an unsigned dagger (tantō) in late Edo Period mid-19th Century mounts with silver and gold fittings and a fine lacquer work on the scabbard (saya). The scabbard on reverse side is signed: “Matsukawa Sōminsai + kaō” (松川叟民斎「花押」) who is the artist who did the picturesque lacquer design on the frontside of the scabbard.
Both the blade and fittings set (koshirae) have been authenticated and deemed to be of good quality and worthy of historical preservation by the Japanese Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai). The blade of the dagger itself is unsigned but is attributed to be the work of Ashū Sukeyoshi (阿州祐芳) by the NBTHK. The blade like the fitting set both dates from the late Edo Period circa the mid-19th Century. The cutting edge of the blade (nagasa) measures 6.5 inches (16.5 cm). The full length of the dagger is 11.4 inches (28.9 cm). Overall the condition is very fine with a few minor nicks and scratches to antique lacquer. One of the gold handle pins is missing. The blade itself is in excellent condition with a fine art polish.
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