Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Mid-14th century, Aikuchi
style without Tsuba
(guard), in Shirasaya
(wooden storage scabbard); Hira Zukuri
(flat blade); Nie
(temper); topped with silver foil Habaki
(ferrule); in fresh polish (LOA in Shirasaya
17.75 in.); Included is a Late Edo Period (mid-19th century) black lacquered Saya
(scabbard) with silver mounts and gilt inlays depicting cranes flying among the clouds; a small silver Kodzuka
(dagger) (8 in. overall) fits into an integral sheath on the scabbard's outer surface; the verso of the scabbard has a pierced mount for the Sageo
, a silk suspension cord tied to the Obi
, the kimono's sash (LOA 17 3/8 in.) (the scabbard in excellent condition).
Blade from tip to Habaki
11 1/8 in.
The Collection of a New York Gentleman
A Sotheby's lot tag numbered 174 hangs from the scabbard, which is certified by Nippon Token Hozon Kai; the tanto is not "papered," however also has a Sotheby's tag numbered 174, indicating they were sold together.
$4,500 - 6,500