KATANA in KOSHIRAE

YOSHITSUGU

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI:
SEKI NO KAMI JU FUJIWARA YOSHITSUGU KORE SAKU

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 73.183cm (28.8125")

OVERALL: 95.091cm (37.4375")

MIHABA: 3.175cm (1.25")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI: 2.381cm (0.9375")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: TAKANOHA

MUNE: IORI

HADA: KO-MASAME

HAMON: GUNOME

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI:  ONE PIECE GOLD FOIL

KOSHIRAE

Offered here on consignment is a gorgeous katana in koshirae.  The blade itself is in excellent polish and is quite long at an almost 29" nagasa, and an overall length of over 37". The nakago is ubu or unaltered and signed "Seki Ju Fujiwara Yoshitsugu Kore Saku".  I have looked and looked through the various reference books, online, etc., and have been unable to pinpoint this particular smith.  There are many smith's who used the name Yoshitsugu, yet I could find none which used this particular "Yoshi" character or signed in the manner of this sword.  The mei itself is unusual as the characters used are quite archaic especially the "seki" and "fujiwara".  These characters left me shaking my head and if not for the generous help of Koichi Moriyama and Markus Sesko I think I would still be scratching my head. Thank you both for your help.  This leads me to two hypothesis, either I simply have not located the smith as of yet, or he is an unrecorded smith.  Either way, if any new information is gained I will post it here.  If any of you kind readers have any information regarding this smith, I would be grateful if you would send it my way.

The Blade itself is just gorgeous.  While signed Seki (Mino) it seems to fall outside the traditional Mino style.  The high shinogi and tight masame hada leans more towards a Yamato style, perhaps with a splash of Yamashiro and Mino thrown in, more wakimono. Regardless of the smith's intent, it has a very elegant sugata with deep tori-sori of almost one inch, as well as funbari.   The nakago is ubu and the yasurime and mei are both crisp.  The condition of the nakago is excellent with a beautiful, even patination and no active rust, pits, etc.  The sword is in excellent polish with only a few light, light surface scratches, which show up in the photos along with some specks of dust, but can hardly be seen in hand.  The Hada appears as a very tight masame, almost muji.  It is uniform throughout with only a tiny swirl of Itame here and there. There are minute chikei and a sprinkling of ji-nie seen.  The Hamon is in nioi and based on Gunome. There are many ashi and some areas of saka-ashi.  Inazuma, nioi kozure, and other hataraki can be found.

The Koshirae is a jewel.  The fuchi, kashira, koiguchi and kojiri are all one set and are in a flower and tendril motif. The uragawara and kurigata are horn. The menuki are fabulous and huge, measuring over 2" (5.08cm) in length.  I would value the menuki alone at $1500-$2000.  The tsuba is a warm brown shakudo depicting a timeless folk legend of a carp swimming up the waterfall.  The saya has an intricate depiction of Ho-Birds amid a floral motif.  There are some small cracks and separation found in the lacquer as would be expected on an antique piece which was carried daily.  But overall it is in very, very good condition. 

The owner is motivated to sell as evidenced by the price, which I might add is a steal in my opinion.  The koshirae alone if offered elsewhere I venture to say would be listed in the $5K range. Again, the menuki alone are worth nearly a third of the total cost.

 

SOLD  

 

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