Sword Handle Cap Set (Fuchi-Gashira) of a Badger
This is a fine antique set of matching metal caps (fuchi-gashira) that are at either ends of the handle of the Japanese sword. The base metal of the set is the copper-gold alloy (shakudō) with a very fine texture. The set might be made by a goldsmith (kinkō) artist of the Furukawa School in the capital city of Edo sometime during the middle of the Edo Period circa 18th century. They are signed Furukawa Shōju + kaō (古川聖壽「花押」). The design of a badger on a tree is nicely inlayed in gold (kin) and other soft metals in high relief. This set would be great for collectors as a fine example Edo Kinko style fuchi-gashria or to adore a fine set of matching fittings (koshirae) of a Japanese sword.
They are signed Furukawa Shōju + kaō (古川聖壽「花押」). The upper cap (fuchi) measures 4.0 cm (1.6 inches) long by 2.2 cm (0.9 inches) wide. The lower cap (kashira) 4.0 cm (1.6 inches) long by 2.2 cm (0.9 inches) wide. The condition is excellent. The set comes in a wooden storage box.
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