This is a very nice iron tsuba of the kodai Higo school. Tsuba of the Higo school have always been sought after by knowledgeable collectors of iron tsuba. Their simple yet artistic patterns were produced by some of the most famous tsuba makers of the Shinto era. This tsuba with its delicately carved cherry blossom pattern is no exception.
This oval iron tsuba measures 2 13/16 inches or 7.2 cm in heighth by 2 ¾ inches or 6.9 cm in width. It has a thickness of 0.20 inches or 0.5 cm at the center (nakago ana) sloping slightly as it approaches the edge of the rim. It is in excellent condition and comes in a custom fitted wooden box together with NBTHK Hozon papers attesting to it quality and the accuracy of the attribution.