rare, hardly seen "Birdshead tachi" Usually when you only
see such an item it is only in the books. This type of tachi was usually
in use for formal occassions in the imperial household. Sometimes
called a "court" tachi. Very, very heavy kashira of a bird's
head done in gold. This is such an amazing piece of work, it looks
even better in person. Handle is covered with very nice "same"
or rayskin, without wrapping as is the style for this type of tachi.
Other decorations on the handle are small bales of rice for good fortune
with the original mekugi. Fuchi is also gold with nice carving of
scrolling vines. tsuba is also gold in the court type style. Original
seppa (washers) as well as the tsuba. Now the scabbard is really a
knockout, gold nashiji (pearskin) lacquer with takamakie (high relief)
gold lacquer of the Tokugawa mon with scrolling vines. Fittings on
the saya are the same design of scrolling vines matching the fuchi.
All are done in gold. Temper is straight with small activity inside.
There are 2 holes. On one side there is a nice carving of a dragon
chasing a ball, and on the other is what is called "Bonji"
or Sanskrit characters with a rendai. Blade is in good shape, I cannot
see any openings or flaws except some very small nicks in the edge.
This is a great chance for any collector to buy a very seldom seen