A daisho in mounts
The katana Fujishima school, the wakizashi by Masahiro, Muromachi period (16th century)
Hon-zukuri, iori-mune, chu-gissaki, torii-zori, forged in a itame-mokume hada, the tempered edge gunome-choji-midare with clusters of nie in the valleys and with a midare-komi boshi, the tang o-suriage, machi-okuri with two holes and indistinct file marks; one-piece gilt-copper habaki; 24 1/4in (61.5cm) long
Hon-zukuri, iori-mune, chu-gissaki, torii-zori, forged in a flowing itame-hada, the tempered edge choji-midare and kawazuko-choji with a haki-kake boshi, the tang ubu, kuri-jiri with two holes and suji-kai file marks, signed Soshu ju Masahiro; one-piece gilt-copper habaki; 18 3/4in (47.6cm) long
The daisho koshirae comprising polished ray-skin wrapped saya, the sho fitted with an iron kozuka decorated with floral roundels in gold nunome; tsuka wrapped in blue silk and mounted with shakudo migaki-ji fuchi-gashira carved with scenes from the Tale of the Heike in gold and shakudo taka-zogan and taka-bori, and gilt-copper menuki carved as dragons; the daisho iron Kenjo school tsuba decorated with geometric patterns and floral roundels in gold nunome
- Please note the wakizashi is inscribed Masahiro.