This is a massive and quite special tsuba by Akasaka Tadatoki. Signed "Bushu Ju Akasaka" on the ura and "Tadatoki Saku" on the omote. The work measures 10.7cm in height and 9.2cm in width. The iron is unmistakably Akasaka with a deep black-purple patina. The theme of this tsuba consists of kanji in the reishotai (ancient script) style. The condition is outstanding as is the workmanship of the piece. This tsuba is quite different than typcial ji-sukashi work of the Akasaka school. This is a custom made presentation item and jishinsaku work by Tadatoki.
This tsuba was once in the collection of the Sanada Daimyo family. A note explaining the history of the tsuba in Japanese accompanies it. A translation is as follows:
"Mr Yukitsura Sanada (8th generation of the Sanada Daimyo), who was from the Matsudaira Diamyo family of the Shirakawa clan of Mutsu province, was adopted to the Sanada Daimyo family. When he was adopted, he brought with him their signed Hizen Koku Tadayoshi daisho. The katana was huge. Its length was 2 shaku 7 sun. This tsuba was once mounted on the katana of that daisho. The daisho was confiscated by US occupational forces after the end of WWII. This tsuba was kept by the Sanada Daimyo family as their memory of the Hizen Koku Tadayoshi daisho."
This tsuba is also accompanied by a NBTHK Hozon paper as well as a custom made box and bag. (there is some damage to the inner walls of the box) The bag features a wooden tag made from an old shira-saya wood that records Tadatoki as the maker and the Sanada Daimyo family history. A rare opportunity to own a signed jishin-saku work that came from a Diamyo collection.