A fine silver-mounted shin-shinto daisho
Late 18th-19th century
The slender katana blade of shinogi-zukuri form with ko-gisaki, narrow suguba of nioi and tight mokume-hada, with tama-oi-ryu (running dragon and flaming tama horimono to one side) and oi-ryu (running dragon horimono to the other), the ubu-nakago with takanoha yasuri and two mekugi-ana, signed Kanemitsu; the wakizashi blade of shinogi-zukuri form with kogisaki, suguba of nioi and mokumehada, oi-ryu horimono to one side and bonji to the other, the ubunakago with sujikai yasuri and two mekugi-ana (one plugged), signed Tadamitsu; koshirae, the saya of roiro-nuri lacquered with formalised hills with silver bands and dragons among clouds and wave kanamono; the fittings of silver, carved with dragons among clouds and waves, the tsuba of oval form, the dai signed Masayoshi, the sho signed Yoshitsugu, the two kozuka and kogai signed Masayoshi, the dai fuchi signed Masayoshi, the sho fuchi signed Yoshitsugu; with four fabric bags. The katana blade 69cm (27 1/8in) long; the wakizashi blade 50.8cm (20in) long. (11).