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A stunning tanto koshirae with first class Yokoya and Hamano Nara metal work. The silver Yokoya tosogu, school of Somin, are en suite well carved shishi. The saya is a Chinese red lacquer over gold leaf, with a horn kurikata. The minogami gold menuki are unsigned, and have traces of kinsabe (gold rust), an indication of high carte Japanese gold. However, I do not know if they may be solid gold, or a heavy plating. The shibuichi kozuka is a wonderfully carved and inlaid samurai looking at his reflection is a stream, is signed nijimei Shozui. This appears to be the work of the first master of the Hamano Nara school. Ref. Wakayama, Toso Kodogu Meiji Taisei, Vol. I, pages 145 - 155. The kogatana is inscribed with seventeen kanji. This is a piece for a serious collector of koshirae and tosogu. Tsunagi picture and dimensions below. $2,950
Hawatare: 26.6 cm. Motohaba: 2.72 cm. Kasane: 5.2 mm.