Iron Tsuba Attributed to "Tsuchiya Takechika" with NTHK-NPO Certificate - Tiger
Iron tsuba attributed to "Tsuchiya Takechika" by NTHK. Takechika was born in 1827 in Inaba Province and died January 3 1887. He was a student of the 6th generation Tsuchiya Yasuchika, Masachika. He received Tsuchiya name in 1854, later he was given tittle of Hogen.
His works can be found in many of the best tosogu museum collections in the world. They are also often published, for example in "Late Edo and Meiji Period Sword Guards and Fittings" by Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum in Kyoto and "Mitsumura Collection in the Nezu Museum" by Nezu Museum in Tokyo. Pictures from those books are published at the bottom of the page.
Tsuba is made of iron and decorated with silver rim. Tiger in high relief (takabori) is made of shakudo with inlaid silver/shibuichi stripes and gilded eyes. Other inlaid elements are made of shakudo and solid gold.