Matching Set Sword Handle Caps (Fuchi-Gashira) and Ornaments (Menuki)
This is a fine antique set of matching metal caps (fuchi-gashira) and handle ornaments (menuki) of the Japanese sword. The base metal of the set is the copper-gold alloy (shakudō). The set was likely made in the capital city of Edo by an independent goldsmith (kinkō) artist sometime during the late Edo Period circa the late 18th and mid-19th Century. The popular design is of an assortment of clams and seashells is very finely inlayed in gold (kin) and other soft metals. This set would be great for collectors as a fine example late Edo Kinko style fitting or to adore a fine set of matching fittings (koshirae) of a Japanese sword.
They are all unsigned by the artist who made them. The upper cap (fuchi) measures 3.9 cm (1.5 inches) long by 2.2 cm (0.9 inches) wide. The lower cap (kashira) 3.6 cm (1.4 inches) long by 1.9 cm (0.8 inches) wide. The length of the ornaments (menuki) are 4.4 cm (1.7 inches) long. The condition of the set is excellent. The set comes in a wooden storage box shown the fourth photograph.
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