Six-lobed Kamakura-bori tsuba of well-forged iron, almost black in color, in a form of three Ginkgo (icho) leaves, stemmed from seppa-dai and separated with three openings in sukashi. Leaves have raised rim and decorated with various family crests (mon) in low relief carving (sukidashi-bori). On obverse: bamboo stems and leaves, knotted geese, paulownia (kiri), plum blossom (ume), and ivy. On reverse: pine needles and cone, maple leaf (kaede), bamboo, stylized plum blossom, and Genji-mon or some other ideograph (ji).
Kozuka hitsu-ana is original, with raised rim. Soft metal sekigane.
Kamakura-bori school. Late Muromachi period (ca. 1550).
Height: 81.1 mm, width: 90.0 mm, Thickness at seppa-dai: 3.3 mm.
Weight: 120.4 g