Australian History, Fine Decorative Arts + Jewellery & Watches - Sale 8214 - Lot 43

 

23 June 2016,

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Lot 43
Japanese Mid 19th Century Wakizashi in full Japanese polish. The sword is a scaled down version of a katana in formal handachi mounts, the blade has a high quality habaki of black shakudo with gold edging. The tsuba is Yogoro school moko gata form, in wave pattern shakudo highlighted with gold & silver. The tsuka is wrapped in blue silk over high quality same (ray skin) with very fine quality shakudo, gold & silver menuki, depicting on one side the traveller's rain cape & wide hat, & on the other a money bag & drum, traditional symbols of a prosperous & safe journey through life. The handachi mounts are in silver grey shibuichi, on a green lacquer saya with black lacquer overlay of flowers, with slots for kozuka & kogai. The lacquer work is of high quality & excellent condition with no damage or repairs. Unsigned.
Condition - good, the blade is flawless with a gunome tempering & itame-hada forging, the original silk binding is fragile across one of the menuki
Nagusa length - 35.3cm
Estimate $2,500-3,000
Sold for $2,800