Iron Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Large Openwork (Sukashi)
The handguard (tsuba) is cut with a large openwork (sukashi) design. It is made of forge iron. The design is likely a stylized family crest based upon the shape of four seeds of the Japanese water chestnut pointed in different directions. It was made during the first half of the Edo Period circa the 17th to early 18th Century. The NTHK attributes this tsuba to be the work of the Owari group.
The handguard measures 7.1 cm (2.8 inches) wide by 7.1 cm (2.8 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.6 cm (0.2 inches) thick. The handguard is unsigned but attributed to the Owari group. The NTHK appraisal paper was issued on August 4, 2013, a full English translation of the paper can be provided upon request. The condition is excellent.
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