A few select items from the collection are moving out and looking for new homes, proceeds will be invested in the workshop and materials for current projects. Likely ~50y or less but may be older, this vintage set from Japan could be added to a collection or used for restoration or study, sold as is.
A nice black dark chocolate natural urushi over rust patina, iron base with nunome-zogan gold/silver inlay/overlay in the pattern of sakura (cherry blossoms) and vines with leaves. The fuchi and kashira are a matched set in higo style with the yama-no-michi (winding mountain road) on the pommel.
Sakura are a ubiquitous symbol in Japan and are most often associated with transience and the delicate passing nature of finite things.
Item: 1 fuchi, 1 kashira
Material: iron with gold/silver design, rust patina, and natural urushi finish
Size: fuchi – H41mm x W23mm x D10mm, kashira – H35mm x W17mm x D14mm