Mei (signed): Wada Isshin tsukuru (made by Wada Isshin)
Size: 7,60 cm x 7,00 cm
Thickness at rim: 0,30 cm
Weight: 116 gr
Period: Late Edo/Meiji
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Tsuba depicting cranes over waves.
The motif of a crane over waves is titled ippon-tōchō (一品当朝) and is based on a rebus. The crane is regarded as the highest ranking of all birds and was thus chosen as the symbol of the highest court rank. The character for “court” (chō 朝) is a homophone for “waves” (chō 潮). A pictorial combination of a crane and waves thus alludes to the success of an official.
Rounded-off rectangular shape, iron, polished finish, carved-in surface, gold and silver inlay, folded-over rim.
Wada Isshin (和田一真) was born on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of Bunka eleven (1814) in Kyōto. His father Baba Hidemasa (馬場秀政) was a retainer of the Hata fief (八太) of Tajima province, which was ruled by the Okada family (岡田). Hidemasa was also married to an Okada wife. Isshin studied first in Kyōto – together with Imai Nagatake – under Fujiki Kyūbei (藤木久兵衛), one of Gotō Ichijō assistants. The sword dealer Sawada Chūbei (沢田忠兵衛) recognized his great talent and managed to get him to train directly under the great master. After receiving the character for “Ichi” he took the name “Isshin”. Before that time he used the name “Masatatsu” (政龍 or 政竜), and at the beginning of his career “Masataka” (政隆). By the way, Sawada’s son “Mahiko” (真彦, 1842-1902, also read “Shinhiko”) later became a student of Isshin. Isshin used the gō “Gekkindō” (月琴堂), “Bisan” (眉山) and “Yūsai” (幽斎). The latter was continued by his student “Adachi Mahaya” (安達真早, 1822-1899). Besides “Wada” Isshin also signed with “Fujiwara” because his family could trace its lineage back to this clan. Isshin died on the fourth day of the twelfth month of Meiji 15 (1882), at the age of 68.