Iron Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Openwork of Family Crest
This is an antique handguard (tsuba) made of smooth forged iron. It has a large cut and carved openwork (sukashi) design of a paulownia family crest design (san-go kirimon). The family crest has the three and five bud configurations commonly used during the Edo Period. It is sized to fit a long sword (katana). The handguard is likely the work of the Kyōto based Kyō-Shōami School circa the middle Edo Period early to mid-18th Century.
The handguard measures 8.2 cm (3.2 inches) wide by 8.2 cm (3.2 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.4 cm (0.2 inches) thick. It was unsigned by the artist. There is a not obvious forge repair of the plate near the lower part of openwork design on reverse side. This repair likely happened a long time ago. The overall condition of this antique sword handguard is excellent.
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