This is a pleasing iron tsuba with a dragon carved in openwork. It measures 3 inches by 2 ¾ inches. The design is well carved with the body of the dragon forming the mimi (edge) of the tsuba and the head and legs of the dragon extending into the interior of the tsuba. The hitsu ana for the kozuka has been filled with a gold covered plug. The overall condition of the tsuba is very good with a nice patina. This tsuba probably dates to the 19th century and possibly the Echizen Kinai school.