A ko-wakizashi or wakizashi in associated kuro-nuri saya
Probably Edo Period; inscribed Kanekage The blade, mounted in buke-zukuri koshirae, hirazukuri with two mekugi-ana [urumu] nagasa 30.5cm (12in) (2).
Provenance: The Property of a Lady. Collected by Dr. Richard Brown, a colleague of the eminent Sinologist, Dr. Norman Bethune who died in 1939. Various Kanekage are listed including two in Mino Province, respectively active circa 1345 and 1688. The centre of the Mino tradition was at the town of Seki, near Gifu.