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Posted By Thomas L. Buck

Recently our collection received a Koto Tachi blade in guilded brass and gold Koshirae, with a copper Tsuba with a guilded edge.  Although the mounts were in relatively good condition, the Ito needed to be replaced, as well as the leather hangers from the Ashi.

As for the blade, it's a 26.5" long, mumei Koto blade (early to mid-1500's) with what seems to be a combination of Gunome-midare ha and Hako- midare ha, and with subtle Fumbari to the shape.
This was a fun project, I hope you enjoy the pics...

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Here is a close-up of the Tsuka, notice the Mon Menuki and embroidered silk under the ito.  I should mention that I had to have the silk plates "cleaned" and stablized because of dirt and decay.

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Above: notice the two gold Dai seppa & two gold Ko-seppa, as well as the copper Aoi tsuba with the guilded edge.

Below: the floral pattern on the saya is slightly damaged, but is about 90% complete.

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Below: a view of the blade...

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Below: a couple of pics of the kashira and saya mouth.

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Below:front and back views of the Sageo and Ashi...

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Here are some pics of disassembled blade.

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And finally, here are a few shots of the blade itself. ..

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Anyway, thought I would share... Let me know what you think.

 

 

 
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