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Oei Morimitsu Wakizashi with NTHK NPO certificate and Koshirae

Excellent Hirazukuri wakizashi by one of the great makers of the Oei period Bishu Osafune Morimitsu. This is very well made blade forged in a dense Itame hada it has a gunome - choji - midare hamon.  The boshi is midare  komi with a Jizo style kaeri.  The blade has well cut bohi / grooves both sides which runs with kaki - nagashi into the nakago /tang.

Signature:   Bishu Osafune Mori ( ikakire ) Oei junen ni ( ikakire )      Bishu Osafune   Mori... (rest cut off) Oei ten (1403), second... (rest cut  off)€¯ But the top of the mitsu character can be seen.  The nakago has 1 mekugiana, the yasurime are gently slanting sujikai. 

Nagasa 38.2 cm

Mounted in shirasaya with Honami sayagaki.  Also has an excellent koshirae, ribbed wooden saya very high quality fuchi with motif of horse in high relief flowing the into the well carved katakiri bori matsu / pine tee.  The kashira shows a very detailed scene of an older man with a child in shibuichi gold copper and silver.  Very detailed menuki of horse and rider on the opposite side menuki is motif of horse person and carrying a load.  Iron tsuba with gold with motif of elderly man, waves and mountains in the backround, kozuka has motif of shells.

Yushu saku Certificate by Nihon Bijutsu Token Kurabu which is no longer appraising regardless the late Miki Yoshikazu was a very well respected knowledgeable appraiser and sword dealer .

NINTEISHO  - APPRAISAL

Wakizashi signed: Bishu Osafune Mori(mitsu) Oei junen (nigatsu hi)   A day in the second    month of Oei ten (1403).€¯
 
According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society, we recognize the artistic value of this work and rank it Yushu saku.
 
August 8, 1986
 
Nihon Bijutsu Token Kurabu  [Head of Shinsa Committee] Miki Yoshikazu
 
[Appraisal issued to] Kato Kiharu
 
No. 001322
 
The jigane is a dense O- itame , the hamon a gunome - choji - midare , and the boshi features a ko maru - kaeri . A bohi is engraved on both sides. This is a work of Bizen Osafune Morimitsu from the Muromachi period and it is valuable because it is dated with the Oei era. The very tip of the tang has been cut off but this does not have a significant effect on the blade as a whole.
 
Seals of Judges: 5 seals
 
Sayagaki by Honami Koson

Sayagaki obverse:

Bizen no Kuni Morimitsu Nagasa 1 shaku 2 sun 6 bu zaimei hyori bohi kore ari Dai - kinsu 200 mai
 
Morimitsu from Bizen Province Blade length ~ 38.2 cm, signed, on both sides a bohi
Value 200 gold coins
 
Sayagaki reverse:
 
Showa nijuhachinen mizunoto - mi shogatsu Honami Koson + kao
 
January of 1953, year of the snake Honami Koson + monogram/ Kao  

MORIMITSU 2nd gen. Oei ( 1394-1428), Bizen Signed Bishu Osafune Morimitsu€¯,  "Morimitsu" , Bishu Osafune Shuri no Suke Morimitsu¯ , Shuri no Suke Morimitsu), also called Shuri no Suke, together along with Sakyo no Suke Yasumitsu he is considered as the most representative Oei-Bizen smith, he was the son of the 1st gen. Morimitsu and we know of  dated signatures from the tenth to the last year of Oei (1403-1428), tachi have a normal mihaba, a chu-kissaki, and sakizori, hira-zukuri wakizashi measure about 39.4~42.2 cm, shinogi-zukuri wakizashi about 48.5~51.5 cm, tanto¨ have a normally dimensioned sugata, muzori, and a nagasa of about 27.3 cm, the jigane is an itame mixed with mokume and bo-utsuri whereas the latter runs close above the yakigashira as it is typical for Oei-Bizen, at later Oei-Bizen smiths the utsuri moves more towards the shinogi, the hamon is a koshi-no-hiraita gunome-cho¨ji or suguha in nioi-deki, rather few ashi and yo occur, the yakigashira of the gunome are somewhat roundish at Morimitsu whereas they are at Yasumitsu more pointed, we know simple horimono like hi, suken, and bonji, O-wazamono, Ranked Jo-saku

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