Uma-jirushi Akao Tsuba
Uma-jirushi is literally horse insignia. It was used in battlefield to identify the daimyo and provides a rallying point on the battle. Smooth and mirro-like black iron quality seizes aesthetic eyes of collectors immediately. This tsuba is papered as Edo Akao from the NBTHK. The same design of this tsuba appears in the book by Tsuba Shusei, pp.311, attributed by Nishigaki Kanpei. 72.2 mm X 66mm, 4.5mm-thick at seppa-dai and 3mm at mimi.