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Koshirae

Dragon-Shishi Daisho

Daisho Koshirae: Dragons and Shishi

Signature/mei: unsigned/mumei

Materials:

  • Tsuba: shakudo, gold
  • Menuki: shakudo, gold
  • Fuchi kashira: shakudo, gold
  • Saya: bown, black, red bamboo shavings

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimensions dai:

  • Saya: 74.4cm
  • Tsuka: 23.9cm
  • Total: 99.0cm

Dimensions sho:

  • Saya: 58.0cm
  • Tsuka: 18.8cm
  • Total: 77.5cm

Price: €7500 / $8300

Elegant Daisho Koshirae with the theme of dragons and shishi.

The condition is very good. The saya for the Dai shows slight signs of wear (see photos).

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Koshirae

Tachi Koshirae

Koshirae for a Tachi

Signature/mei: mumei

Materials:

  • Tsuba: iron, copper
  • Fuchi kashira: copper
  • Menuki: shakudo, gold
  • Saya: Black lacquer

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimensions:

  • Saya: 79cm
  • Tsuka: 25cm
  • Total: 105cm

Papers: NBTHK Hozon

Price: €6800 / $7500

Koshirae for a tachi in good condition with only minor signs of wear. (More photos will follow soon.)

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Handachi Koshirae

Koshirae for a Katana

Signature/mei: mumei

Materials:

  • Tsuba: iron, gold
  • Fuchi kashira: shakudo, gold
  • Menuki: shakudo, gold
  • Saya: Red and black urushi lacquer
  • Tsuka: Black leather

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimensions:

  • Saya: 77.5cm
  • Tsuka: 23.2cm
  • Total: 101.5cm

Price: €3600 / $3999

Koshirae for a long katana in pristine condition without any dents.

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Katana Koshirae

Koshirae for a Katana

Signature/mei: mumei

Materials:

  • Tsuba: iron, gold
  • Fuchi kashira: shakudo, gold
  • Menuki: shakudo, gold
  • Saya: Red and black urushi lacquer
  • Tsuka: Black leather

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimensions:

  • Saya: 77.5cm
  • Tsuka: 23.2cm
  • Total: 101.5cm

Price: €3350 / $3690

Koshirae for a long katana in pristine condition without any dents.

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Katana Koshirae Kawari Nuri

Koshirae for a Katana

Signature/mei: mumei

Materials:

  • Tsuba: iron, gold and silver nunome
  • Fuchi kashira: iron, gold
  • Saya: Kawari nuri in swirl design
  • Tsuka: Black lacquered same

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimensions:

  • Saya: 76.8cm
  • Tsuka: 25.0cm
  • Total: 102.2cm

Price: €3600 / $3999

The tsuba of this koshirae depicts a dragon in a cloud comes with a NBTHK hozon paper which attributes the tsuba to Wakashiba.

The design of the tsuba matches the fuchi kashira which also show dragons in clouds and continue the workman ship of the tsuba.

This type of finish is called kawari-nuri and the condition is absolutely pristine with no dents or cracks. A truly magnificent and rare piece of craftsmanship in this condition.

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Koshirae for a tanto or wakizashi

Koshirae for small wakizashi or large tanto

Signature/mei: mumei

Materials:

  • Tsuba: shakudo, gold
  • Fuchi kashira: shakudo,
  • Kozuka: shakudo
  • Saya/tsuka: red lacquered

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimensions:

  • Saya: 47.0cm
  • Tsuka: 15.5cm
  • Total: 63.0cm

Price: €3200 / $3500

The tsuba of this koshirae comes with a NBTHK hozon paper which attributes the tsuba to Aizu Shoami.

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Koshirae with engravings

Koshirae for a Wakizashi

Signature/mei:

Materials:

  • Tsuba: shakudo, gold
  • Fuchi kashira: shakudo,
  • Kozuka: shakudo
  • Saya/tsuka: red lacquered, engraved

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimensions:

  • Saya: 39.0cm
  • Tsuka: 14.1cm
  • Total: 53.5cm

Price: €2500 / $2750

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Wakizashi Koshirae

Koshirae for a Wakizashi

Signature/mei: unsigned/mumei

Materials:

  • Tsuba: copper, shakudo, gold
  • Menuki: shakudo, gold
  • Fuchi kashira: shakudo, copper, gold
  • Kozuka: shakudo, copper
  • Kogai: shakudo, cooper, gold
  • Saya: dark green lacquered with mother of pearl

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimensions:

  • Saya: 53.5cm
  • Tsuka: 18.1cm
  • Total: 72.5cm

Price: €3900 / $4300

V

ery rare wakizashi koshirae, were the tsuka is wrapped in a black lacquered copper wire, which has been polished again down to the copper core. This is something you come across not often. Along with the other copper fittings and the dark green saya, this koshirae has a tranquil flavor that is believed to have been worn by an older samurai.

The reserved taste with the hut (on the tsuba as well as the complete kashira) and the chickens, which are a symbol of territorial defense, also indicate that the former owner carefully arranged this koshirae to his personal mindset.

Further this koshirae is complete and no fittings are missing. The conditions is superp so only a minimal sign of ware is shown on the lower saya.

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Shishi and Peonies

Daisho Koshirae: Shishi and Peonies

Signature/mei: unsigned/mumei

Materials:

  • Tsuba: iron, gold
  • Menuki: shakudo, gold
  • Fuchi kashira: shakudo, gold
  • Kozuka: shakudo-nanako, gold
  • Saya: brown, black, red

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimensions dai:

  • Saya: 71.5cm
  • Tsuka: 22.0cm
  • Total: 94.0cm

Dimensions sho:

  • Saya: 52.0cm
  • Tsuka: 16.5cm
  • Total: 69.0cm

Price: €6500 / $7150

Daisho Koshirae with the famous theme of shishi and peonies in mint condition without any cracks or dents.

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Wakizashi Handachi Koshirae

Koshirae for a Wakizashi

Signature/mei: unsigned/mumei

Materials:

  • Tsuba: shakudo, gold
  • Menuki: shakudo, gold
  • Fuchi kashira: shakudo,
  • Kozuka: shakudo, gold, copper
  • Saya: black lacquered

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimensions:

  • Saya: 40.0cm
  • Tsuka: 15.1cm
  • Total: 55.5cm

Price: €2950 / $3250

The tsuba gives us a hint of the Mino tradition while the kozuka is by Goto and signed Hidenobu. What makes this koshirae special is the tsuka which is made of wood.

The condition is very nice, only some minor traces of wear on the lower saya.

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Equestrian Daisho

Daisho Koshirae: Equestrian motive

Signature/mei: unsigned/mumei

Materials:

  • Tsuba: iron, silver, gold
  • Menuki: shakudo, gold
  • Fuchi kashira: shakudo, gold
  • Kogai: shakudo, gold
  • Kozuka: shakudo, gold
  • Saya: black lacquered with mother of pearl (aogai)

Era/jidai: fittings late Edo

Dimensions dai:

  • Saya: 76.5cm
  • Tsuka: 24.5cm
  • Total: 101.5cm

Dimensions sho:

  • Saya: 52.0cm
  • Tsuka: 17.5cm
  • Total: 70.0cm

Price: €9950 / $10990

A very elegant Daisho Koshirae with an equestrian theme of horses and horseback riding.

The fuchi kashira and menuki represent horses and are made of shakudo and gold.

The tsuba of the Dai and the Sho are very similar. Both show two saddles decorated with gold and some other horse-related items such as riding crops. The fukurin is made of an alloy containing silver, which gives the koshirae a counterpoint.

Also made of shakudo and gold, the kogai and kozuka continue the theme of the tsuba by also showing a saddle each.

The saya is lacquered with black stripes alternating with stripes of fine mother of pearl particles (aogai) that glow like a soft night sky with colors. Due to the perfect condition I think it was made after the taisho period.

The tsuka has recently been renewed and is colour-coordinated with some of the aogai and the winding is of the finest quality. The menuki seem to float above the tsuka and the end is carefully braided above the kashira which looks absolutely gorgeous.

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Koshirae

Dragons in Clouds

Koshirae: Dragons in clouds

Signature/mei: unsigned/mumei

Metrial: shakudo nanako, gold iroe

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimensions:

  • Saya: 70.6cm
  • Tsuka: 24.0cm
  • Total: 95.5cm

Price: €4500 / $4950

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Koshirae with the design of dragons in the clouds.

On the omote and ura side of the shakudo tsuba we see mostly nanako and the two hitsu-ana, as the clouds and two dragons are carved in the outer edge and around the rim. The dragons are coloured in gold which gives them a nice contrast against the dark clouds. The male and female dragon are carved symmetrical so that their heads or faces meet at the top and the tails at the bottom of the tsuba.

Menuki and kashira are made of shakuko and also depict dragons. The eyes of the dragons are coloured in gold.

Fuchi and kojiri are made out of horn, the kurigata is colored black.

The kogai and kozuka are a matching set also made out of shakudo but coloured in gold completely. Both have a shakudo nanako base plate on which a curled roundish dragon is placed: The dragons are also colored in gold what makes them stand out on the shakudo nanako. A nice little detail; on the kogai a male dragon is shown and on the kozuka a female dragon.

The blade of the kozuka is signed but due to some rust it is difficult to read. The other side is rust free and itame hada is visible with a suguha based hamon.

The saya has a black base colour which is mostly lacquered with little particles of brown, red and gold which form large round spots. The condition is perfect without any dents or cracks.

The tsukamaki is newly made and together with the sageo of matching colours, a light ochre to match the fine red-brown golden colours of the saya.

A real treat for someone who is locking for a koshirae with the most famous design of dragons in a perfect mint condition.

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