An iron tsuba (Japanese sword guard.) Karakusa (vine) forming eight openwork lobes issuing from four Anzu (apricot blossoms). Incised details (worn.) The Anzu was used in Mon for a number of families, some of which included the Nabeshima and the Tachibana. The mon featured prominently in the Muromachi and Azuchi-Momoyama periods (16th and early 17th centuries.) The configuration of this tsuba is similar to the complex mon of Ono Harunaga which arranged eight pairs of Anzu blossoms around a larger, central pair of blossoms. Ono Harunaga was a general under the Toyotomi's, was lord of Osaka castle after the battle of Sekigahara, and met his end there in 1615 after the siege by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Holes for utility knives flanking the seppa-dai. Good condition. Rubbing of the seppa-dai normal but also with light pitting (acceptable) on the reverse seppa-dai. Small quantities of glue adhering (picked off reasonably easily but with some effort - not at all disturbing the patina.) Decent tone when tapped. 2 5/8 inches (6.7 cm) diameter.