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KATANA 無銘 「若狭守氏善」 € 4.800,-
KATANA, 70cm, shinogi zukuri, chu kissaki, sori 0,61cm, motohaba 3,35 cm, kasane: 6,7mm, mokume-masame hada, hakikake boshi, nioideki midare hamon, suriage nakago, 2 mekugi ana,  mumei, attributed to: "WAKASA NO KAMI UJIYOSHI", by NBTHK Hozon Papier, very good polish, blade in very good condition, Owari, Kanbun(1661). In shirasaya.

Ujiyoshi, called "Kyo-Saburo", was born 1606 in the town of Kiyosu in Owari and was the 2nd son of Hida no kami Ujifusa, the younger brother of Bizen no kami Ujifusa. 1635 he was awarded the title of Wakasa no Kami. He worked in Seki in Mino province and for the samurai of Owari province. His work style was that of his father. He passed away 1680 at the age of 74. Ranking:
Hawley: 25 pts





 
707


707 KATANA 無銘 (兼春) 8.700,-€
69cm, sori 1,7cm, motohaba 3,01cm, motokasane 0,7cm, shinogi zukuri, chu kissaki, gunome-midare hamon w. togariba, itame hada, in new polish, o-suriage nakago, 3 mekugi ana, 2 plugged, unsigned, attributed to:"KANEHARU", w. NBTHK Hozon Paper, Mino-Provinz, appr. 1450. In shirasaya.

Koshirae: antique buke zukuri mounts, fuchikashira in shakudo-nanako w. gold-applications, tsuka bound in black silk, menuki fisherman in a boat, shakudo and gold, round iron tsuba in pretty wave-design decorated in gold nunome, Higo-Style, black laquered saya, all  Edo-period, top-condition.

KANEHARU, first name Shirobei, was a son of KANEYUKI and agrand son of SHIZU KANEUJI, one of the 10 brilliant students of MASAMUNE and founder of the Naoe Shizu-school. KANEHARU worked around 1459 - 1472.

Literature/Ranking:

Hawley 20pts
Toko Taikan: 2,5Mio.Yen

 
712


712 KATANA 大隅掾藤原正弘 6.800,-€
65,0cm, sori 0,70cm, shinogi zukuri, suguha hamon, itame hada, new polish, ubu nakago, 1 mekugi ana, signed: "OSUMI JO FUJIWARA MASAHIRO", ura mei: "GENWA SANNEN GO GATSU HI" (a day in May 1617), Horikawa Kunihiro-school, Yamashiro-province.

Koshirae: Very nice buke zukuri mounts, tsuka bound in black silk, very fine fuchikashira in shibuichi with horse and samurai in full armour, matching menuki. Attractive iron tsuba, Soten-style showing figures decorated with gold, typical for this school. 


 
720



720 KATANA 無銘 (冬廣) 4.200,-€
65,1cm, sori 1,1cm, motohaba 2,94cm, sakihaba 1,94cm, motokasane 0,55cm, shinogi zukuri, chu kissaki,  midarekomi boshi, suguha hamon, itame hada, in good polish, o-suriage nakago, 3 mekugi ana, unsigned, attributed to:  "FUYUHIRO",  NTKS-paper, Wakasa-province, Edo-period, around 1760.

Koshirae:Very nice antique buke zukuri mounts,  shakudo nanako fuchigashira w. blossoms and some gold, tsuka bound with black silk, menuki twig w. plum blossoms, shakudo and gold, circular iron sukashi- tsuba, wavedesign w. fish, black lacquer saya w. shibuichi-kojiri,  Edo-period.

The Fuyuhiro-school in Wakasa-province was founded around 1450 by Jakushu-ju Fuyuhiro, son of Soshu Hirotsugu. The school was very successful and lasted until the 15th gen appr. 1860. Later, Fuyuhiro went from Soshu to Obama, Wakasa province. This blade is probably 8th generation Fuyuhiro who worked around 1760.

Literature/Ranking:
Hawley 15pts
 
726


726 KATANA 無銘 (正利) 6.300,-€
65,4cm, sori 1,7cm,  motohaba 2,99cm, motokasane 0,54cm, shinogi zukuri, chu kissaki, gunome midare hamon, yakitsume boshi, itame-masame hada, very good polish, o-suriage nakago, 1 mekugi ana, unsigned, attributed to: "MASATOSHI",  NBTHK Keicho paper, Sakakura- Seki-school, Mino-province, Muromachi, around 1530. In shirasaya.

Koshirae: Good buke zukuri mounts, shakudo fuchi w. decoration in silver and gold: tiger among plants, gashira black buffalo horn. Tsuka bound in blue silk, iron menuki w. cha-no-yu utensiles and gold decoration, iron namban-tsuba, Eisen, nicely cut and partly gilt and silvered. Black lacquer saya inlaid w. aogai powder. Complete and original mounts of Edo-period in very good condition.

The founder of Sakakura-Seki-school is the 2nd gen. Masayoshi in Mino, who worked in Akasaka and in Sakakura around Bunmei(1469-1487). He was the father of the 1st gen. Masatoshi, who supposedly was a student of famous Sengo Muramasa. Hence the similarity between Masatoshi-blades and Sengo-school-blades. our blade was forged by Masatoshi II.  It is said that Masatoshi II had been an adopted son of Sengo Masazane. He worked around Tenmon (1532-1555). His blades are reportedly very sharp. As he also worked in the style of Sengo-Muramasa, schmiedete, he is probably identical with the smith Sengo Masatoshi. They are rated identically. For a nearly 500 year old blade from the Sengoku period it is in very good condition.

Literature/Ranking:

Hawley 20 P.
Fujishiro: Chu-Jo-Saku
Toko Taikan: 3,5 Mio. Yen
KKB: Ryo Wazamono
 
736

736 KATANA 備中守橘(康廣) 6.700,-€
68,6 cm, shinogi zukuri, sori 1.3cm, motohaba: 3,12 cm, motokasane: 0,75cm, itame hada, wide choji hamon suriage nakago mit 4 mekugi ana, signed omote: "BITCHU NO KAMI TACHIBANA....( YASUHIRO)" , ura: „Kiku Mon“, NTHK-paper, old but good polish, Osaka-Ishido-school, Settsu province, around 1660.

Koshirae:
Buke-zukuri mounts, same-tsuka, bound in beige leather, well worn, Fuchigashira copper and solid silver, Meiji-period, circular iron tsuba, sukashi w. brass inlays, 17/18th cent., black lacquer saya.

 In Wakayama, Kii- province worked a group of swordsmiths, called Kii Ishido group. Its founder was Mutsu Kami Tameyasu. he and his 2 sons worked in the style of the old Bizen-Ichimonji- school, of whom they maintained to have descended. The wide spectacular choji-hamon ist typical for the school. This blade is by his younger son, Tomita Gorozaemon, who usually signed "Bitchu no Kami Tachibana Yasuhiro". The older son traditionally inherited his fathers name(Tameyasu).

He and his brother later moved from Kii to Osaka in Settsu und established there the so calle Osaka-Ishido-school. Yasuhiros blades are chu-jo saku and are rated wazamono. Tachibana Tameyasus blades are rated likewise. The father and his 2 sons were allowed to engrave the kiku-mon on their blades.

 
Literature/Ranking:
 Hawley 80 P.
 Fujishiro: Chu-Jo-Saku. Toko Taikan: 3 Mio. Yen. KK: Wazamono (scharf) 
 
739


739 KATANA 丹後守藤原兼道 菊紋一 12.500,-€
70,0cm, sori 1,1cm,  motohaba 3,4cm, motokasane 0,72cm, shinogi zukuri, chu kissaki, o-gunome choji hamon, hada ko-itame w. ko-nie and chikei, new polish by Kenji Mishina, ubu nakago, 1 mekugi ana, signed omote: "TANGO NO KAMI FUJIWARA KANEMICHI", ura: "KIKU ICHI", w. NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper, Mishina-school, Settsu-province, Shinto, around 1650. in shirasaya.

Koshirae: buke-zukuri-mounts, fuchigashira shibuichi decorated with grass in gold, tsuka bound w. light brown silk, menuki are golden dragons, circular iron sukashi-tsuba w. small gold beads, Edo-period, black lacquered saya.

Kanemichi was the 3rd. son of the famous "Kyo" Tamba no Kami Yoshimichi, who was also his teacher. He was born as Mishina Yoshibei. At the beginning he signed his blades "Yoshimichi", later "Naomichi". 1625 he received the honorary title "Tango no Kami". Later he moved from Kyoto to Osaka in Settsu-province and worked there. He died 1672 at the age of 70. He hardened his blades either in sudare-ba like Yoshimichi or like this blade in a decorative gunome-choji hamon. The mei is very typical for Kanemichi with chrysanthemum(Kiku) and ichi on the ura side of the nakago. Tango no Kami Kanemichi is said to be the best of the Mishina smiths in Osaka. The blade is faultless and in excellent condition. It is a safe candidate for a NBTHK Juyo-Token Paper.

Literature/Ranking:

Hawley 60 P.
Fujishiro: Jo-Saku
Toko Taikan: 3 Mio. Yen
KKB: Ryo Wazamono(very sharp)
 
741


741 TACHI 水心子正次 33.000,-€
69,8cm, sori 2,2cm, kasane 7,2mm, motohaba 2,98cm, shinogi zukuri,  chu kissaki, gunome choji hamon w. sunagashi, itame hada w. plenty ji-nie, new top grade polish,  1 mekugi ana, ubu nakago, omote signed: „SUISHINSHI MASATSUGU (KAO)“, ura dated: "KAEI SANNEN TOJI HI" (A day in winter 1850), NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper, Musashi-province.

Koshirae: Excellent original Itomaki-No-Tachi koshirae, made by a master of the art for a member of the Tokugawa household, matching the valuable Masatsugu-Tachi. 
All fittings are shakudo-nanako decorated w. golden Aoi-mon, the kamon of the Tokugawa clan. Tsuka and saya are bound with gold coloured silk over brocade. Saya w. nashiji-lacquer w. golden aoi-mon. 
The Itomaki-no-Tachi koshirae were traditionally worn by high ranking samurai together with the full armour(yoroi).

„Suishinshi Masatsugu“, born as Kawabe Hokushi, was the grandson of the famous Shinshinto swordsmith „Suishinshi Masahide“.
 Masahides most excellent student was war the famous „Taikei Naotane“. He was teacher and stepfather of Masatsugu. Masatsugu leter married Naotanes daughter and became headof the Kawabe Masahide family. Masatsugu could have taken the name Suishinshi Masahide(III). He preferred to call himself „Suishinshi Masatsugu“ though.
Born 1814, his active period was between 1835 and 1858. He worked for the Akimoto-Clan. Akimoto Yukitomo became daimyo of the large Tatebayashi domain in 1845  which supplied 70.000 koku per year. He was a supporter of the "sonno joi" movement who wanted to grant more power to the emperor, remove the shogunate and expel all foreigners. Masatsugu passed away in 1860, at the age of only 46.
This is a wonderful tachi blade by Suishinshi Masatsugu, masterfully forged in the manner of the old Soshu tradition. Several of his blades have received Juyo-Token Papers.

Literature/Ranking:

Hawley:  50 Punkte
 Toko Taikan:   3 Mio ¥
 Fujishiro:     Jo Saku
 
743


743 KATANA 法城寺但馬守橘國正 private collection
70cm, sori 1,4cm, kasane 7,0mm, motohaba 2,9cm, shinogi zukuri, chu- kissaki, gunome hamon w. nie und ashi, ko- itame hada w. much ji-nie, new polish, ubu nakago, 1 mekugi ana, signed:  „HOJOJI TAJIMA NO KAMI TACHIBANA KUNIMASA“, NBTHK Juyo Token Paper,  Hojoji-school, Musashi-Provinz, ca. 1680. Faultless blade, like new.
In shirasaya.

Koshirae:
Elegant buke zukuri koshirae, same tsuka bound w. black silk, fine menuki in shakudo und gold, riding utensils, very fine shakudo fuchigashira w. gold decoration, Tsuba engraved katakiri-bori, black lacquer saya, Edo period, top condition.

The Hojoji-school was founded in the Nanbokucho-era by Kunimitsu in Tajima. His works were a mixture of Bizen and Soshu styles. He and his descendants were known to make very fine Nagamaki and Naginata blades which unfortunately later were shortened and rebuilt to Katana and wakizashi. During Muromachi times things became quiet until in Shinto times the excellent smith Masahiro moved from Tajima to Edo and founded the Shinto-Hojoji tradition. His teacher was the most famous smith Kotetsu so the new style of the school rather resembled the style of Kotetsu school than the original style of Kunimitsu.  
Kunimasa likewise was a descendant of Kunimitsu, his first name was "Jinnojo". He was mainly active between 1670 and 1680. He was also called to move to Edo. He worked a few years contemporary with Masahiro, but 20 years longer, because he was younger. Kunimasa is known for his excellent craftsmanship and is said to be the best Edo-Hojoji artists. The Kunimasa smiths were, like the famous Yasutsugu, appointed as smiths to the Tokugawa shogunate worked as smiths to the bakufu until the end of the Edo period.   This blade has a NBTHK Juyo Token paper which is very rare for a shinto blade. NBTHK issues this certificate for Shinto blades only if the smith is excellent and the quality and condition is absolutely perfect.

Literature/Ranking:
Hawley 65 P.
Toko Taikan 4Mio. Yen
Fujishiro: Jo-Saku
KKB:  Wazamono(sharp)
 
745


745 KATANA 濃州関住兼氏 5.900,-€
61,3cm, sori 0,60cm,  motohaba 2,98cm, motokasane 0,56cm, shinogi zukuri, chu kissaki, komaru boshi, gunome choji midare hamon, itame hada,  good polish, ubu nakago, 1 mekugi ana, signed: "NOSHU SEKI JU KANEUJI", with NTHK - Paper,  Mino-province, Edo-period, around Kanbun(1661-1673). 

Koshirae: Elegant antique buke zukuri mounts, kashira black buffalo horn, fuchi shakudo nanako w. gold decoration, round iron tsuba, sukashi, signed, some remaining gold inlays, tsuka bound w. black silk, menuki golden shishi, black lacquer saya , all Edo period. W. sageo and old sword bag. 
Founder of the Mino Kaneuji school was the famous smith Shizu Saburo Kaneuji, one of the "Masamune Juttetsu"( 10 brillant students of Masamune). He came from Yamato, where he worked in the Tegai district and later moved to Mino.  

The Kaneuji-smiths of the Mino-school were active from the 14th til the 19th century.  With the beginning of the Shinto period in the 17th cent., the Mino-Kaneuji - school divided into Ogaki, Gifu and Seki divisions. Seki-branch carried the name "Fukuchi". All were active until Meiji-period. The city Seki in Mino(todays Gifu prefecture) always was a center of blade manufacture and still is today.
 
Literature/Ranking:
Hawley: 15 P.
Toko Taikan 2Mio. Yen.
 
746


746 KATANA 無銘 (尾州越前守氏恒) 5.700,-€
62cm, sori 1,5cm,  motohaba 2.85cm, sakihaba 1,90cm, motokasane 0,66cm, sakikasane 0,47cm, shinogi zukuri, chu kissaki, boshi midare komi, gunome hamon, itame hada, new polish, suriage nakago, 3 mekugi ana,  unsigned, attributed to: "BISHU ECHIZEN NO KAMI UJITSUNE", NTHK paper, Owari-province, Edo-period, around Enpo (1673).

Koshirae: Antique buke-zukuri mounts, iron fuchigashira w. silver nunome in Higo style, iron mokko- tsuba w. stamped symbols, Tembo-school, tsuka bound w. black silk, menuki raindragons of patinated copper, black lacquer saya, all Edo period.

This blade was made by Echizen no kami Ujitsune, civilian name "Kawamura Heijuro". He was the 2nd son of "Wakasa no kami Ujifusa" and first signed "Ujishige". Later he was awarded the honorary titlel "Echizen no kami" and then signed  "Bishu(Owari) ju Echizen no Kami Ujitsune". Only a few swords by him are known. He passed away in Nagoya at the age of 76. As he had no son, the Ujitsune-line ended with him.

Literature/Ranking: Hawley: 15 P.  

 
747


747 KATANA 藤田近江守藤原継平造 7.900,-€
71,5cm, sori 1,2cm,  motohaba 3,07cm, motokasane 0,57cm, shinogi zukuri, chu kissaki, o-gunome choji-midare hamon, hada itame, new polish, ubu nakago, 1 mekugi ana, signed: "FUJITA OMI NO KAMI FUJIWARA TSUGUHIRA TSUKURU",  w. NTKS-paper, Yasutsugu-school, Musashi-province, Shinto, around 1765. In shirasaya.

Koshirae: buke-zukuri-mounts, fuchigashira  shakudo w. gold blossoms, tsuka bound w. light brown silk, menuki are flying cranes in shakudo w. gold, iron sukashi-tsuba, stylized flower,  Edo-period, okoshi-nuri lacquer saya. 

the first Tsuguhira originally came from Echizen, where he had studied under the Tokugawa smith Yasutsugu. In 1670 he moved to Edo, where the family was active until the 6th Gen. (ca. 1840). our blade was made by Tsuguhira IV, born as "Fujita Yoshiro". He also signed in grass-script(soshu), like on this blade. He was active between 1750 and 1780. The blade is long and has a wonderful o-gunome-midare Hamon. It is in excellent polish and perfect condition.  
Literature/Ranking:

Hawley 40 P.
Fujishiro: Chu-Jo-Saku
Toko Taikan: 2,5 Mio. Yen
 
 
748


748 KATANA 無銘 (美濃關住兼常) 7.800,-€
66,6cm, sori 1,5cm,  motohaba 2.90cm, motokasane 0,60cm, shinogi zukuri, chu kissaki, gunome choji hamon, itame-masame hada, very good polish, suriage nakago, 1 mekugi ana, unsigned, attributed to: "NOSHU SEKI KANETSUNE",  NTHK-paper, Mino-province, late Koto-period, around Tensho (1573-1592).  

Koshirae: Elegant buke-zukuri-mounts, fuchigashira shakudo nanako w. gilt peonies, circular iron sukashi tsuba plant motive, tsuka bound with black silk, menuki are peonies in shakudo, black lacquer saya.

Kanetsune, first name "Heizaburo", worked from Tenbun (1532-1555) to Tensho period (1573-1592). In July 1571 he ws awarded the title "seki-kaji-toryo"(Best Seki smith) by Oda Nobunaga, the greatest General of the Sengoku period. Kanetsune passed away in October 1588.

Literature/Ranking: Hawley: 15 P.
Toko Taikan: 3,5 Mio Yen
Fujishiro: Chu-jo-saku
 
750

750 KATANA 無銘 (肥前國河内大掾正廣) 7.800,-€
67cm, sori 2,4cm,  motohaba 3cm, motokasane 0,7cm, shinogi zukuri, chu kissaki, gunome-midare hamon mit ko-nie, ko-itame hada, very good polish, ubu nakago, 1 mekugi ana, unsigned, attributed to: "KAWACHI DAIJO MASAHIRO", NBTHK-Hozon Paper , Hizen-province, Tadayoshi-school, around 1660. In shirasaya.

Koshirae: Very good antique buke-zukuri-mounts, shibuichi fuchigashira wave design(nami), tsuka bound w. original black silk, menuki flowers in shakudo and gold, iron sukashi tsuba in finely cut wave design, reddish-brown ishime-lacquer saya, Edo-period, very good condition.

The Hizen-Tadayoshi-school was founded around 1598 by Tadayoshi(I) who had studied under Umetada Myoju. his family name was Sadenjiro. MASAHIRO was a student and grand grandson of Tadayoshi and worked with Hizen Tadahiro. One of his teachers was his father Yoshinobu, son in law of Tadayoshi. Masahiro was one of the best Hizen- smiths of the school. He first signed with MASANAGA. When Daimyo Lord Nabeshima learned of his abilities, he was allowed to use HIRO in his name and to call himself MASAHIRO.  Together withTadahiro(II) he made swords for the Nabeshima family. He passed away in 1665 relatively early at the age of 59.  

Because of their quality swords from Hizen were sought after all over Japan. They were  often presented as gifts to officials and diplomats.


Literature/Ranking:

Hawley 70pts.
Toko Taikan: 5,5Mio.Yen.
Fujishiro: Jo-Jo-Saku

 
751
751 KATANA 國廣島住盛元 廣隆 7.800,-€
71,4 cm, shinogi zukuri, o-kissaki, sori 0,3cm, motohaba: 3,10 cm, motokasane: 0,75cm, itame hada w. chikei, suguha hamon, ubu nakago, 1 mekugi ana, signed omote: "AKI NO KUNI HIROSHIMA JU MORIMOTO HIROTAKA SAKU"  ura : „GENJI NINEN SHIGATSU HI“,(A day in April 1865), NBTHK-Tokubetsu Hozon Papier, very good polish, Echizen Shimohara-school, Aki-province, 1865.

Koshirae:
Original buke-zukuri mounts, tsuka bound w. black silk, menuki: quails and millet in shakudo and gold, fuchigashira shakudo nanako with decoration in gold and copper, circular iron katchushi- tsuba, black lacquer saya with silver kojiri.

The family originally came from Echizen and later moved to Aki.
Hirotaka, family name "Morimoto Mohei", usually added his family name "Morimoto" to his signature. He studied swordsmithing in Osaka under master Ozaki Suketaka.
 
 
 

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