This to is a beautiful edo period Katana. The sword is reminiscent of the beautiful work of this era. The blade is a longish piece, suriage, with a fine hada and a wavy notare-ish gunome midare hamon. At almost 27” this blade is a wonderful piece. The hada is a fine Mokume and itame covered in ji-nie . There is a longish ko-maru kissaki . There is ji-nie all over. The sublime execution of the the ko-itame reminds one of the twinkling of stars as the ji-nie highlights the intricacies of the workmanship of the steel. The hamon is made up of a gunome-midare base which looks spectacular in this polish which is pristine. A fantastic sword with much to enjoy and appreciate. The blade is suriage but still contains most of the mei with Kiku Ichi. Fujishiro has this to say:
NAGASHIGE SESSHÛ NO KAMI SHODAI [JÔÔ 1652 RIKUZEN] SHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU
He is the third generation of Sendai Nagatoshi, is called Tashiro Shigetarô, and he received his title during the Jôô era. (Wazamono)
Signature: SESSHÛ NO KAMI FUJIWARA NAGASHIGE, and he also inscribed the KIKU MON.
NAGASHIGE SESSHÛ NO KAMI NIDAI [HÔREKI 1751 RIKUZEN] SHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU
He is in the Nagatoshi Mon, his initial signature was KIYOTOSHI, and he became the nidai Nagashige. [TN: It was a long time from 1652 to 1751. Perhaps nidai does not necessarily mean son or immediate succession.] He also signed later as NAGASHIGE, [TN: Different kanji for “SHIGE”], and there were also times when he inscribed the KIKU MON.
Signatures: ÔSHÛ JÛ TASHIRO KYÛEMON NAGASHIGE SAKU
SESSHÛ NO KAMI NAGASHIGE
The Koshirae of this piece is wonderful in its simplicity. The Saya is lacquered in a high gloss red finish. The tsuka -Ito is a string style with matching Sageo. The fuchi/kashira is of a floral theme with blades of grass between. The tsuba has a hint of bsamboo amongst a plum tree. There is a person at its base on the other side. The trees are shakudo highlighted in gold. The seppa are unique and of a shakudo finish. The menuki appear to be of a flying Godess.
A great package with NBTHK paper dating from 1955.
- Mei: Mumei
- Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s)
- Nagasa: 26-3/4 inches
- Sori: 12.0 mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 29.5 mm
- Width at the yokote: 22.7 mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.6 mm
- Construction: Shinogi zukuri
- Mune: Iori
- Nakago: Ubu
- Kitae: Itame
- Hamon: Midare Gunome
- Boshi: Maru
- Condition: Good polish
Asking price: $6,800.00
(shipping and insurance included)
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NINTEI-SHO (認定書) ‒ APPRAISAL
Katana, signed: Kiku Ichi Settsu no Kami (ika-kire) (菊一摂津守) (以下切)
‒ “Chrysanthemum crest, One, Settsu no Kami…” (rest cut off)
nagasa ~ 68.0 cm
According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society, we judge this work as authentic and rank it as Kichō Tōken.
November 2, 1955
[Foundation] Nihon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyōkai, NBTHK (日本美術刀劍保存協會) [President] Hosokawa Moritatsu (細川護立)