Pair of 19th century good size Japanese sword menuki each depicting an undulating dragon in different attitude. Excellent design, bronze with fire gilding, superb casting and detailing, beautiful patina, in great condition. Length 2 5/16 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki each depicting a samurai with a drawn weapon on a horse swimming among rolling waves. Did not photograph well. The subject is Kagesue and Takatsuna, two famous warriors, competing with each other to cross the Uji river to be the first one to engage the enemy on the opposite side. Superb design, wonderful detailing, bronze with beautiful patina, gold inlaid highlights. Length 2 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting ikebana arrangements containing fruits on branches on bed of wide reeds, all tied with ribbons. Superb elegant design in Japanese taste, extraordinary crisp work, bronze with black/brown patina and fire gilding, in perfect condition. Height 1 5/8 inches.
Pair of good size late 18th century menuki - Japanese sword fittings - depicting a pair of chilong (water dragon) with their slim bodies in different attitudes. Great design and detailing, fire gilding (obvious wear). Length 2 1/8 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki each depicting a pair of armored samurai in sword fights in different attitudes. Wonderful work, bronze with gilding, slight wear, in very good condition. Length 1 1/4 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting kaki fruit - Japanese persimmon - on branches with leaves. Excellent design in Japanese taste. Bronze with beautiful brown patina, gold inlaid dewdrops on leaves, in great condition. Length 1 1/2 inches.
Single 19th century good size Japanese sword menuki depicting a landscape with a fishing village including such elements as rocks, drying nets, temple and temple gates and various trees. The material of the body is iron, notoriously difficult to work with. Excellent work with superb detailing, copper inlays and gilding beautiful patina, in great condition. Length 2 7/17 inches.
18th century Japanese kashira (metal pommel at the end of the hilt of a sword) with iron body and gold and silver inlays depicting vines with various leaves and tendrils. Elegant design in Japanese taste, superbly made piece with crisp metalwork, metal fittings with old silk cord inside. Length 1 5/16 inches.
Single 19th century Japanese sword menuki illustrating the legend of bunbuku chagama - an old tea kettle that turned into a badger when used. Excellent work with superb detailing - see its gold inlaid eye and finely worked textures of its coat and kettle surface. Bronze with beautiful patina, in great condition. Signed with 2 characters on the side. Length 1 inch.
Single 19th century good size Japanese sword menuki depicting two long leaves, one partially folded along its length. Elegant design with implied feeling of melancholy, excellent work with superb detailing. Bronze with beautiful differently colored patinas, in perfect condition. Signed TAMAHARU (alternative reading is Gyokushun) on the side. Length 2 1/16 inches.