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Awataguchi Tadatsuna Wakizashi - Shodai
wakizashi, ubu, one mekugiana, signed, Awataguchi Fujiwara Tadatsuna. Hirazukure, iroi mune, slight toriizori. Hawatare: 1 shaku 5 sun 2 bu (46.06 cm / 18.133 inches) Motohaba: 3.17 cm. Kasane: 6.9 mm. Nie deki, gunome choji midare in a notare midare, deep nioi ashiiri, there are fine nie at the tops of the choji, gifu, nado. Tight bright ko-mokume hada packed with fine jinie, chikei, bo-utsure, nado. Excellent horimono, in like new condition. Silver foil boars eye habaki, shirasaya, NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Kanteisho from Ausgust 7, 1996. Sayagaki signed, Hon'ami Koson Kakihan. Showa yowai (years - age) roku nen (1931) The way that the month written is beyond my ken. There is a good picture at the bottom of this page. If anyone can read it, I would appreciate it.
Rated josaku with a sharpness rating of Wazamono in Nihon Toko Jiten Shinto Hen, by Fujishiro. Valued at 5,500,000 yen in Toko Taikan, by Tokuno. As of 2000, there were 42 juyo Tadatsuna, though without dated pieces differentiating between first and second is impossible on this list.
This is the first generation, the father of Ikkanshi Tadatsuna. He worked around Manji (1658-1661) in Osaka. Originally from Banshu. He claimed to be descendent of Awataguchi Kunitsuna. There are fewer works with horimono, then are seen in the second generation. $6,500
Silver Foil Boar Eye Habaki
Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen
Shinto Taikan Volume 1& 2
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Kanteisho
I would welcome any reading beyond the nen kanji