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.
Saya: black lacquered with mother of pearl (aogai)
Era/jidai: fittings late Edo
Price: on request
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.
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.