Edo / Shinto Period Japanese Wakizashi signed
Fujiwara Iyetada, sold
An early Edo / Shinto wakizashi blade, circa 1624, in early to
mid 20C Imperial Japanese type mounts.
A very attractive Japanese wakizashi with bags of potential. The
blade signed Ka-Shu Ju Fujiwara Iyetada, the smith working circa
1624 in the Kaga Province of Japan (see: Fujiwara
The tang with three menuki-ana peg holes, indicating the blade
had a long history. Mounted with cherry blossom rich fittings indicating
the furniture is Emperor Hirohito era, most probably a WW2 official's
sword confiscated at the end of WW2. I suspect the saya (scabbard
/ sheath) is later. The cat scratch habaki indicating the owner
was very proud of his family blade.
The 46.5 cm blade is clearly very well made with few forging marks,
a little Ji-Nie, and no apparent flaws. The blade clearly would
benefit from an expert polish and I suspect a superb finish could
be achieved. The tsuka is good but worn and frayed in places, and
new bindings would probably enhance the appearance. The lacquered
saya I suspect is later, though it may be period; the kozuka companion
knife is missing. The fuchi and kashira both with Imperial Japanese
cherry blossom (sakura). A plain iron tsuba.
Further / full sized images available upon request. Please quote
item number C35 (645).