Sword Handguard (Tsuba) for Dagger
This is a small iron antique handguard (tsuba) for a dagger (tantō). It has a basic design of radiating lines carved on the iron of plate. It was likely made by an armorsmith (katchushi) or associated blacksmith possibility of the Saotome School during the Edo Period from the early 17th to the early 19th Centuries. The handguard has an applied raised hollow rim that is above the surface of the plate.
The handguard measures 4.5 cm (1.8 inches) wide by 5.4 cm (2.2 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.4 cm (0.2 inches) thick. The handguard was unsigned by the artist. The condition is excellent for its age. The natural patina of the iron is nice.
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