Tsurumaru Akasaka Tsuba
Aksakas tsuba with cranes of husband and wife. This kind of akasaka tsuba is not easy to come across and it's very popular in collectors. Very delicate open work and good iron. Eyes of cranes were silver inlayed. The same design appeared in the book, Tsuba Shusei written by Nakamura Tessei, p.354 item #25. Made in Momoyama to early Edo. In second photo, left crane's eye is starting out of its socket which was made on purpose by tsuba maker! Quite pleasing and funny, maybe wife crane? Because other crane's eye is downward which looks like he did something wrong (like most collectors are blaiming by their wives). Size is 8.6cm height, 8.4cm width, and 6.2mm thickness.