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"Bizen Osafune ju Yokoyama Sukekane" " 58 Dai Mago Tomonari" Dated 1864.

Suguha Hamon,Ko mokume hada,two mekugi ana.
64cm {
"Yamato Diajo Fujiwara Masanori" C1620-70, student of yasutsugu,two mekugi ana,Suguha hamon,mokume/masame hada,horimono of two short so hi,sue ken,bonji of Amida buddha & Kwannon.    Surrendered to  a Major Stockwell of Hawkhurst,Kent, by a Japanese officer left to guard a group of "Joy Girls" on an indian ocean Island. The Major was in charge of an Indian army group clearing up at the end of the war when they came across this abandoned group, sadly one Sepoy was lost due to a booby trapped latrine.

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"Nagamura Kiyonobu kore wo"
Fine gendaito with many feature not seen on this mans work usuallu,eg,utsuri,

Kosherei by Ford Hallem made in 1993, this was the start of Fords work , now he is world famous and  unafordable by me ...... this work is now seen by him as primitive...........


" Yokoyama kage no suke Fujiwara SukeNaga"    "Ichi Bizen Osafune ju Tomonari 56th Dai Mago".

Tsuba, Sukashi Iron in the design of a half pierced chrysanthemum, half Kamakura bori,Saotome & Kamakura bori work,very good piece.

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SUKENAGA (b.1795, d.1851), WAS THE SECOND SON OF *SUKEHIRA, WHO WAS A STUDENT OF *MOTOHIRA.  SUKENAGA WAS CONSIDERED THE SECOND GREATEST SMITH OF THE YOKOYAMA SCHOOL, (FIRST BEING KOZUKE DAIJO SUKESADA), BUT WAS KNOWN AS THE BEST DURING THE SHIN-SHINTO PERIOD.  SOMETIMES SIGNING AS THE 56TH GENERATION, DIRECTLY DESCENDING FROM TOMONARI (c-987), AND FOUNDER OF THE BIZEN TRADITION.  TOMONARIS’ FATHER SANEMORI WAS THOUGHT TO BE THE FOUNDER OF BIZEN BUT NO WORKS FROM HIM EXIST, THUS MAKING TOMONARI THE ORIGINATOR SINCE WORKS FROM HIM HAVE BEEN PRESERVED AND AUTHENTICATED. YOKOYAMA SCHOOL WAS THE ONLY SCHOOL IN DIRECT GENEALOGICAL DECENT FROM KO-BIZEN, SANZAEMONJO-NO-JO- SUKESADA IS CONSIDERED THE FOUNDER OF THE YOKOYAMA BRANCH OF THE BIZEN TRADITION, WHICH HAS ROOTS DATING BACK TO THE 14TH CENTURY.

THE BIZEN PROVINCE HAS THE LONGEST HISTORY OF SWORD PRODUCTION, FROM HEIAN PERIOD (783-1185) ALL THE WAY UP TO THE MEJI RESTORATION(1868),  AND SUKEKANE BEING THE LAST KNOWN SMITH TO SIGN YOKOYAMA WORKED INTO THE SHOWA ERA, NOTING HIMSELF AS THE LEGITIMATE 60TH GENERATION OF TOMONARI.

THE BIZEN AREA OF JAPAN IS KNOWN TO HAVE SOME OF THE FINEST NATURAL IRON SANDS, AND BEST CHARCOAL PRODUCTION OF ALL OF THE COUNTRY. EVEN TODAY BIZEN CHARCOAL IS SOME OF THE FINEST AROUND FOR SWORD PRODUCTION.

SERVING AS THE FAMILY’S COROLLARY MASTER, SUKENAGA WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRAINING SUKEMORI, AND HIS NEPHEW SUKEKANE.

*SUKEHIRA IS THE YOUNGER BROTHER OF 4TH GEN. GENGORO SUKESADA AND TOOK THE POSITION AS THE 5TH SUKESADA, THEN CHANGING TO SUKEHIRA AFTER HIS SERVICE WITH MOTOHIRA.

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Fuchi is signed "Nomura Kanenori,Sen-ei-shi" Poss:Sohe shi Soten school Hikone,Mid Edo period.

He was born in the region where Soten settled, Hikone, and Kanenori later moved to Edo. There is at least one tsuba by him that has been awarded Juyo Tosogu. Chinese sages and Bushi were favored subject matter in their school and they worked in both iron and soft metals with great skill. Their works were so popular that many contemporary fakes of much poorer quality were knocked off, with numbers that tended to drag the Soten name down in reputation. However when one sees a genuine skilled Soten school work compared to the rugged and ugly counterfeits of the times, the difference is night and day. The carving and inlays on this set are complex and highly detailed for their scale.
Katana signed " Bishu osafune Tadamitsu" & dated "Eisho roku nen hachi gatsu nichi"....Tadamitsu of Bishu {Bizen} province made this in the eigth month of the sixth year of Eisho{1509}
Mounted in a red saya with ironKojiri,shakudo F&K of bird ds, menuki of kabuto & banners,Tsuba of Kyushu sukashi in the design of Ken & weights. Dated by D.Legget at c1450.


Katana signed "Yamato Daijo Masa nori" C1600

Masanori

正則
△  慶長︱ 越前
Masanori
IDMAS738
ProvinceEchizen
Other ResidenceKyoto
Start EraKeichō (1596-1615)
End EraGenna (1615-1624)
Active Period1600-1624
LineageImage / Interactive

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Hawley50MAS738
Fujishiro S320
Signatures:
大和大掾藤原正則
yamato daijō fujiwara masanori
大和守正則
yamato no kami masanori

Very sharp.

 



Tadamitsu
忠光
二代
◯  永正︱ 備前
Hikosaburō Tadamitsu (2nd gen)
IDTAD129
NameTadamitsu
ProvinceBizen
EraEishō (1504-1521)
Active Period1504-1521
TeacherTadamitsu
LineageImage / Interactive

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Hawley15TAD129
Signatures:
備前國住長船彦三郎忠光
bizen kuni ju osafune hikosaburō tadamitsu


Sukekane

祐包
初代
□  嘉永︱ 備前
Sukekane (1st gen)
IDSUK697
ProvinceBizen
Start EraKaei (1848-1854)
End EraBunkyū (1861-1864)
Active Period1848-1864
SchoolYokoyama
LineageImage / Interactive

Source Rating Reference/Page
Toko Taikan¥3M 329
FujishiroJo saku
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Signatures:
備前國長船住横山助包作
bizen kuni osafune ju yokoyama sukekane saku

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Sukenaga
S
祐永
□  天保︱ 備前
Sukenaga
IDSUK756
ProvinceBizen
Start EraTenpō (1830-1844)
End EraKaei (1848-1854)
Active Period1830-1851
SchoolYokoyama
FatherSukehira
LineageImage / Interactive

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Hawley60SUK756
Toko Taikan¥2.8M 337
FujishiroJo saku S483
Signatures:
備前國長船住横山祐永
bizen kuni osafune ju yokoyama sukenaga
横山加賀介藤原祐永
yokoyama kaga suke fujiwara sukenaga
備前長船住横山加賀介藤原祐永
bizen osafune ju yokoyama kaga suke fujiwara sukenaga
藤原祐永
fujiwara sukenaga

Kiku.
Signed as 56th gen of Tomonari (see FJ).


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