KATANA SIGNED HIZEN TADAYOSHI in KOSHIRAE

HACHIDAI (8TH GENERATION) c. 1854

MEI: HIZEN no KUNI HASHIMOTO SHINSAEMON FUJIWARA TADAYOSHI

DATE: TENPO JU NEN HACHI GATSU BI (August 1840)

NAGASA: CM (25.875")

OVERALL" 81.91CM (32.25")

HADA: TIGHT KO-ITAME

HAMON: KO-GUNOME WITH ASHI

SORI: 1.9CM (0.75")

MIHABA: 3.175CM (1.25")

KASANE:  0.635CM (0.25")

HORIMONO URA: HALBERD

HORIMONO OMOTE: SHIN NO KURIKARA (DRAGON ON KEN111)

HABAKI: TWO PIECE GOLD FOIL

KOSHIRAE

 

The Hizen Tadayoshi school of sword smith's needs no introduction, and are highly prized worldwide.

 It all began with the Shodai Tadayoshi who was born in 1572, and known as Hashimoto Shinsaemonjo. Shodai Tadayoshi at age 25 became an apprentice to Umetada Myoju in Kyoto, who is known as the founder of the Shinto Sword. The "Tada" character was given to him by Umetada. After a three year apprenticeship Tadayoshi returned to his home in Hizen Province, where he set up the Hizen Tadayoshi Kaji. The Hizen Tadayoshi Kaji extended through nine mainline generations, ending with the death of the 9th generation Hizen Tadayoshi in 1880.

 Hachidai Tadayoshi was born in 1801, and known as Hashimoto Shunichiro. He was the son of  Rokudai (6th gen) Tadayoshi's daughter. He was adopted by the Nanadai (7th gen) who had no children, in order to continue a legitimate blood heir ship.  The 6th and 7th generations both died when the Hachidai Tadayoshi was around sixteen years old, and apparently deshi Tadayuki not only ran the school but mentored the Hachidai Tadayoshi until he was old enough to manage the school on his own. Hachidai Tadayoshi and Tadayuki maintained a close relationship until the death of Tadayuki in1844. Hachidai Tadayoshi was also known to have produced guns and cannons at the request of the Daimyo Nabeshima Naomasa.

Hachidai Tadayoshi, at the Daimyo Nabeshima Naomasa's request performed a sword making demonstration in 1851. He was one of only two Tadayoshi smith's to ever demonstrate the art of sword forging to such a high ranking samurai as the Daimyo. Not only were the works of the Hachidai Tadayoshi recognized and revered by the Daimyo during his lifetime, but his reputation as an exemplary sword smith continue today.

Overall this Katana is in great condition with the exception of the one hada ware shown in the photos.  This Katana is signed "Hizen no Kuni Hashimoto Fujiwara Shinsaemon Tadayoshi",  a known signature of the Hachidai or eighth generation Hizen Tadayoshi. It is dated "Tenpo Ju Nen Hachi Gatsu Bi" or August 1840. As it is not papered, I could only speculate as to the validity of the mei. My personal feeling is that the validity of the mei is dubious, and it is priced accordingly.  However, please note that I am no expert, and determining the mei on Hizen Blades is an art of it's own.  It is known that there were many students and family members which signed as deshi or as students in behalf of the Hizen smith's. This makes attributions very difficult. Just look at one of the many Hizen books, and you will see numerous examples of legitimate mei for almost every generation.  Please do the research and make your own determination.  If it turns out to be shoshin, then you made a very, very good purchase as it would be worth twice the asking price.

HORIMONO

There are nicely cut Horimono on both the Omote and Ura sides of the katana. The Ura side features a Hatahoko (Halberd with standard) and the Omote features a Shin no Kurikara or Ascending Dragon.  These are typical Hizen Horimono, similar examples by Munenaga may be seen in the Token Bijutsu #42.

KOSHIRAE

The Koshirae is en suite. The saya is relatively new if not modern, perhaps Showa, and is done in a green and black lacquer, with horn accoutrements. The tsuka is wrapped in blue ito. The shakudo and gold tsuba, f/k, and menuki are all matching and are done in the Tokagawa Aoi Mon motif.  The fittings are not extremely old, perhaps Taisho or even Showa period.

Overall, a very nice signed and dated Katana, with Horimono, in Koshirae.

Priced at half of what it would be if it were papered.

 

$4999 USD

REDUCED

$4500 USD

SOLD

 

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