FT-200 Hirata Fuchi Kashira

Price:

SOLD

Time Period:

1600’s

Signature:

Unsigned – Hirata NBTHK certified

Size:

Fuchi – 3.8 cm x 2.1 cm x 9.3 mm

Kashira – 3.3 cm x 1.68 cm x 7mm

Top class work by the famous Hirata School.

The Hirata School that was known for their delicate work in cloisonné worked for the Tokugawa family. The first generation Hirata Donin was commissioned to move to Edo and work strictly for the Tokugawa. This was an honor that lasted for many generations. On occasion, they also made teapots and other items at the request of the Tokugawa. The super fine workmanship shows Japanese metalworking at its highest level. The cloisonné is finely done, but the gold trim work is even more exquisite and seems almost impossible to do. Done on deep black shakudo, the mix of various shapes and objects for the design is classic work for the early Hirata. This set is most likely from the 2nd generation, and is in mint condition. Early works like this are very rare, as there were not too many of them made. For someone that appreciates the best in craftsmanship. Fuchi Kashira also have solid gold shitodome included. Set comes with custom box and  is NBTHK certified.

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FT-36 Solid Gold Ichinomiya Nagayoshi FK

Nagamine

Price:

$6750

Time Period:

1700’s (looks like later because of the condition)

Signature:

Signed – Gikoshi Nagayoshi (Kao) NBTHK Hozon

Size:

Fuchi - 3.76cm x 2.2cm x 1.19cm

Kashira – 3.34cm x 1.8cm x 7mm

 

 

Solid Gold Nanako FK of Tori and Ki

A rare set of solid gold fuchi kashira. As opposed to gold menuki which are often seen, and the occasional tsuba or kozuka, gold fuchi kashira were considered an exuberant luxury and as such, are considered to be very rare items . This set was definitely special ordered not just because of the solid gold material used in the craftsmanship, but for the exquisite design as well. The nanako is immaculate, and the placement and feeling of the bird remind one of a painting.

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FK-106 Higo Kumagaya Yoshyuki Fuchi Kashira

Nagamine

Price:

SOLD

Time Period:

1800’s

Signature:

Signed – Kumagaya (Kumaya) Yoshiyuki (Ka) See Ito’s Kanshiro bookfor examples of Yoshiyuki. Signature is guaranteed to pass NBTHK shinsa within 1 year of purchase if sent through us for submission.

Size:

Fuchi 4 cm x 2.2cm x 9.7 mm

Kashira 3.5 cm x 1.75 cm x 1.3 cm

 

Rare Signed Higo Kinko Fuchi Kashira

While soft metal Higo fuchi kashira are very rare, signed examples are rarer still and thus more desirable. There are numerous unsigned fuchi kashira by the Nishigaki and Jingo schools, and even more unsigned examples by what is known as the Edo Higo School.

Kumagaya Yoshiyuki was the official han kinkoshi for the Hosokawa family (Daimyo of Higo) and was said to have taught the 5th generation Kanshiro master as well. After he opened his shop in Yotsuya Edo, Yoshiyuki work became known as Edo Higo. The Edo Higo group was extremely productive in making fine mountings for koshirae. There are even NBTHK Juyo examples of these mounts, demonstrating how esteemed and well thought of they are in Japan. Even if this set was not signed, the exquisitely carved shakudo waves done in the Nishigaki tradition is collector grade. The fact that they are signed by the famed Yoshyuki make the set more special. The deeply carved waves have a nice “life” to the design and are well represented and has good heftiness to them because of the high-grade shakudo used in the contsruction of the piece. The set is large and made for katana.

 

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FK-101 Nagamine Eiho Fuchi Kashira

Nagamine

Price:

SOLD

Time Period:

Mid-Edo

Signature:

Unsigned – NBTHK Hozon to Eiho Nagamine

Size:

Kashira 34.1 x 17.9 x 9 mm
Fuchi 38.2 x 23.6 x 13.7mm

Excellent shakudo nanako fuchi kashira by Nagamine Eiho

Nagamine worked in the mid-Edo period and was famous for his shakudo nanako work with detailed takabori in the Kyoto Goto tradition. This fuchi kashira depicts a warrior waiting underneath the pine tree and if I recall correctly is a story from the Heikei Monogatari. Please note high takabori, use of iroe, and excellent nanako work. A Kyoto kinkoshi, Nagamine was also known as Jisaburo and is a Jokko rated smith in the Kinko Meikan. In excellent condition with custom box and NBTHK Hozon paper.

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FK-105 Satsuma Kinko Fuchi Kashira

Nagamine

Price:

SOLD
Time Period:

Around 1700's

Signature:

Unsigned - Satsuma Kinko

Size:

Fuchi
4.55cm tall
2.7cm face width
1.2 cm wide side panel

Kashira
4cm tall
2.2cm wide

Rare, ultra large Satsuma kinko set of fuchi kashira.

Well done in very fine carving of gentle waves that exhibit the shibui feeling of the samurai. Satsuma fittings are rare in general; Satsuma kinko fittings are even rarer making this set a very nice find! Satsuma mounts are often over sized due to their sword fighting style that uses a large very long blade (usually well over 30") known as the "Jigen Ryu". What makes this set even more intriguing is the fact that we believe that they have nice age to them (meaning not from the Bakumatsu period), and are from an earlier period making them even more interesting. Done in dark deep shakudo, very nice condition.

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FK-107 Fudo Myou Fuchi Kashira

FudoMyou

Price:

SOLD

Time Period:

Around 1700's

Signature:

Unsigned

Size:

3.8 cm x 2.1 cm x 1.15 cm fuchi

3.3 cm x 1.85 cm x .8 cm

 

Iron Fuchi Kashira of Fudo Myou

Beautiful set of iron fuchi kashira with the dynamic design of Fudo Myou. Fudo is often depicted as a subject to fight evil and appears on many sword fittings and horimono carving on blades used by samurai. Often mistaken as the God of War, Fudo is actually the God who is the protector of Buddhism, as well las the God that destroys delusions. The term "unmoved" is often used for Fudo as he is supposedly unmoved by carnal temptations. This set is very well made. The iron base is well carved of clouds with a well cut silver waterfall on the fuchi. The kashira is even better in design with the clouds around the inset carving of Fudo surrounded by a solid gold set of flames appearing behind, showing his fierce power. Most likely by the Tetsugendo School who was very famous for this type of carving and design.

 

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FK-109 Kaga Kinko Fuchi Kashira

Kaga

Price:

SOLD
Time Period:

1700’s

Signature:

Unsigned – Kaga Kinko

Size:

Fuchi: 3.7cm x 2.2 cm x 1.3cm


Kashira: 3.3cm x 1.9cm x .8cm

 

 

Excellent Sayagata Pattern Kaga Fuchi Kashira

Large, beautiful set of shakudo fuchi kashira done with famous sayagata pattern. Very attractive as a set, one can see why the Kaga style was very popular among the upper level Bushi. High-grade shakudo with ultra fine gold smooth zogan inlay shows the skill of the Kaga Kinko-shi. It is slightly mind boggling how they did such fine workmanship. There lies a small possibility that this set is Sendai work, but in our opinion, it is more than likely Kaga School. Sets like this hardly come up for sale. Kaga kinko collectors understand the rarity of having a good set available for sale. In excellent condition. Original shitodome are intact.

 

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FT-97 Rare Signed Set of Elephant Fuchi Kashira

Mitsuyuki

Price:

SOLD

Time Period:

1700’s

Signature:

Kikuoka Mitsuyuki (Kao)

Size:

 

Fuchi: 3.8cm x 2.38 cm x 1.28 cm
Kashira: 3.5 cm x 1.9 cm x .9 cm

 

 

Solid Gold Nanako FK of Tori and Ki

Very rare motif of an elephant with elephant trainer implements

The subject of an elephant is most unusual as they are not native to Japan. Definitely a custom ordered set, this fuchi kashira is made by Mitsuyuki, who was a very well known artist and is said to be the founder of the Kikuoka School.


Mitsuyuki was a student of the famous Yanagawa Naomitsu. After he finished his apprenticeship, he went on to found the Kikuoka School and with his younger brother Mitsumasa succeeded in making the school famous. This particular example is very well executed. The shakudo nanako surface is done exceedingly well, and the elephant, which is most likely solid gold, is carved without deft elegance. On the kashira, the implements a trainer for elephants are done in takabori on a flawless nanako surface.

 

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FK-108 Skull and Bones Fuchi Kashira

FudoMyou

Price:

SOLD

 

Time Period:

Around 1700's

Signature:

Unsigned

Size:

 

 

Iron Fuchi Kashira of Skull and Bones

Large iron set of rare subject known as "Dokoro". This subject became popular because it captured the fleeting nature of life that was created after the bloody battles during the Sengoku jidai period. The bones and skull are done very well in silver and it emphasizes the macabre nature of the subject. Many famous artist used this design as it was both interesting and a challenge to create properly. In very good condition and large in size.

 

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MF-50 Kirimon Goto Style FK Set

Price:

SOLD

Time Period:

Early 1600’s

Signature:

Unsigned

Size:

Fuchi: 3.9 cm x 2.3 cm x 1.1 cm

 

Very nice fuchi kashira set done in dark black shakudo nanako like that of the early Goto School. Sets like this are seen also done with Tokugawa mons and in a style that is considered “Jo Hin” or quiet elegance. Well cut, the Karakusa and Kiri is a design used only by the upper class such as the Toyotomi and some branches of the Matsudaira. The nanako is done in the old style from the early Edo period. True katana set, as there are no notches for kozuka /kogai. In very nice condition, this set can be enjoyed on its own, or to be used for a very nice blade such as a Juyo Koto blade. Shinsa is also an option.

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FK-102 Tomoe Fuchi Kashira

amryu fuchi kashira

Price:

SOLD
Time Period:

1800’s

Signature:

Unsigned

Size:

Fuchi: 38.8 x 23.6 x 10.2 mm

Kashira 34 x 17.1 x 6.6 mm

Very dramatic design of the Tomoe family crest (Comma ) rising from the waves. The design is a very strong one with lightning incorporated into the design which gives the overall design the feeling of strength and turbulence. It is quite obvious from the design that the artist was asked to develope a custom design for the client. The shakudo is very high grade, as is the gold used for the mon and accents. Very well carved , and in nice condition. Personally I find this set both very interesting, and enjoyable to study. Custom ordered pieces are very rare with family crest incorporated into the design not in formal style.

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