Sword Handle Cap (Fuchi) signed Masatsune
This is a fine antique metal cap (fuchi) of the handle of the Japanese sword. The base metal of the cap is the copper-gold alloy (shakudō) with a smooth surface (migaki-ji). The cap was made by someone using the name Hōgetsutei Masatsune and also signed with a cypher (kaō). I cannot identrifiy the artist and I am unsure of the authenticity of the signature but the workmeship of the cap is top qaulity. I would estimate it was made sometime during the late Edo Period (circa late 18th to mid-19th Century).
The subject of the cap is two phesants facing about ready to fight amoung Spring flowers. The detail of the inlayes very nicely using gold (kin) and copper (dō).
The cap was made by someone signing the named Hōgetsutei Masatsune with a cypher (kaō). The cap (fuchi) measures 3.7 cm (1.4 inches) long by 1.9 cm (0.7 inches) wide. The condition is excellent.
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