| This is a fine Shinshinto wakizashi in perfect polish and no flaws on consignment, signed and dated, with a very nice koshirae in excellent condition. Blade is ubu, though probably machi-raised, with 2 holes and nagamei (longish signature), dated on the reverse. Torii-sori with little reduction in width ends in an O-kissaki (extended point). Very fine, tight ko-itame is combined with a ko-nie deki suguha with some notare; there are gleaming bo-hi (rounded-end grooves) on each side, well shaped. this is an impressive sword in the hand. Choshu ju Fujiwara Kiyoshige is a name signed by several generations since Shinto times; this particular one is one of the last, being dated Feb 1857. The inclusion of the smith's family name is valuable data.
This sword is in an excellent mount with handle in very good condition and lacquer fully restored. Older tsuka has large-nodule same wrapped with black ito with fine gold shishi menuki. Fuchi-kashira are fine iron with gold kiri vines inlaid, possibly Edo-Higo work. Tsuba is iron and unsigned with two hitsuana showing Chokwaro conjuring his horse from within a gourd, a tree and fan on the reverse. Saya is dark brownish patterned lacquer sprinkled with small filaments, trimmed with horn fittings and a kojiri en suite with the handle. Seppa are gold foiled and habaki is copper in fine condition. This sword is completely restored in excellent shape.