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[ Tosho-Tsuba ]
Ume & Sakura Flowers Ko-Sukashi
The Edo period (estimate)

It is generally believed that the definition of Tosho-Tsuba is sword guard made by swordsmith not by tsuba craftsman.
 The features of the Old Tosho-Tsuba (made during the Muromachi period) are that 
(1) Thicker than Katchushi-Tsuba.
(2) Both the Maru-Gata (round shape) and the Mokko-Gata (Japanese quince shape) are most popular shapes.
(3) We can only find simple technique from the finish of rims.
(4) Only one or two simple openwork (or nothing) is given.

Even though the features above, we can find great artistic quality from Old Tosho-Tsuba because iron plate is forged very well, rust on surfaces has changed color to ebony black with the course of time, and, of hammered patterns made during production without producers' intentions.

[ Tosho-Tsuba ]
Balloon Flower Small-Openworked
The Edo period