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Antique Japanese Samurai Iron Tsuba Sword Hilt Guard

Antique Japanese Samurai Iron Tsuba Sword Hilt Guard

Regular price $365.00 USD
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This is an antique Japanese early Edo period 17th century (c.1596-1700) tsuba (handguard) for a Samurai Katana or Wakazashi sword. This tsuba is made with typical forged steel and is in the shape of a marugata engraved with a monk replying to a koan. The sword smiths mei happens to translate to “Right Answer” which is also engraved near the nakakgo hitsuana. This tsuba shows considerable wear from lots of use. There are at least four tagane ato around the nakago indicating it was most certainly affixed to a sword. 

A beautiful example of samurai craftsmanship. It measures about 2 1/2" (6.5 cm) by 3 1/4" (7.5 cm) wide and 1/8" (.4cm) thick. Having been lovingly and carefully displayed by 3 generations of collectors, it remains in fine condition.

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