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Early Onin Tsuba
A very good early Onin tsuba, with most of the brass intact. 8.23 cm x 8.23 cm x 2.5 mm. Great color, and it has been protected with clear lacquer for hundreds of years, which remains intact. Excellent tekotsu. The only thing keeping this from being at the top of the early Onin examples is that it had been altered to mount on a pole arm. Perfectly reasonable at the time, but painful for latter collectors, and therein several thousand dollars are left on the table. Something well worth having and preserving.