Lot 192
Signed Hasabe Kunishige, Tanto and Later Scabbard
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Mid-14th century, Aikuchi style without Tsuba (guard), in Shirasaya (wooden storage scabbard); Hira Zukuri (flat blade); Nie and Nioi pattern Hamon (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