Sword Handle Cap Set (Fuchi-Gashira) of Lobster and Clams
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 fish roe (nanako) texture. 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 of a cornucopia of lobsters and clams is very nicely inlayed in gold (kin) and other soft metals. This set would be great for collectors as a fine example late Edo Kinko style fuchi-gashria or to adore a fine set of matching fittings (koshirae) of a Japanese sword.
They are unsigned by the artist who made them. The upper cap (fuchi) measures 3.6 cm (1.4 inches) long by 2.2 cm (0.9 inches) wide. The lower cap (kashira) 3.2 cm (1.3 inches) long by 1.9 cm (0.8 inches) wide. The condition is excellent. The set comes in a wooden storage box.
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