A CLASSIC SAOTOME TEMPO as seen in all the books!!! JAPANESE ANTIQUE TSUBA, approx 300 years old, that would have fitted on a Japanese sword to protect the hand from SWORD CUTS. A SAOTOME TEMBO iron tsuba with a hot stamped (KOKUIN) design (see photo of examples). The tsuba makers were armour makers working in the MUROMACHI PERIOD and through the EDO PERIOD.There is a lot of info on these makers if you Google SAOTOME TEMBO TSUBA. This is a classic example of their work, with the folded rim on each corner, and the hot stamps. It measures approx 88mm x 83.5mm........ 3mm thick, (the blade aperture is approx 26mm high by max 9mm wide)............ A'must have' for a tsuba collection, a nice study piece!!!
The iron has a beautiful patination which should NEVER be polished bright, the old colour is a very important feature, and part of the value of the TSUBA... It comes complete in a cloth bag. The item "LARGE FINE CLASSIC SAOTOME TEMPO IRON JAPANESE TSUBA SWORD SAMURAI 300 years" is in sale since Monday, April 13, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Japanese\Other Japanese". The seller is "old-japanese-swords-uk" and is located in Bath.
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