"Robert Haynes and I are merely the temporary caretakers of the pieces we collect. Whether this ownership lasts a minute or a lifetime, our responsibility is to care, respect, appreciate, and enjoy these treasures everyday so that, in turn, future collectors are afforded this same opportunity. At our respective points in life, our goal is to continue to enhance our collections while continuing to gain knowledge and expertise, and assist others in making sure that they get into the right pieces at the BEST price.

Robert E. Haynes & Elliott D. Long

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Ko-Shoami    $3200.00 $2200.00
SHOAMI Matsu    $1000.00 $850.00
"NBTHK Hozon Tosogu attribution." (Long)
8.80cm x 8.70cm x 0.30cm
Ko-Shoami    $1600.00 $1300.00
"NBTHK 'GREEN' paper attribution." (Haynes)
8.90cm x 8.60cm x 0.40cm
KYO-SHOAMI    $800.00 (COST)
A marugata niku bori ji sukashi tsuba depicting a table used on an alter of a temple to place offerings on top of. The entire surface of both sides and rim are smooth, made first by filing and then by the use of a whetstone. Dates to ca. 1700. (Long)
7.32cm x 7.33cm x 0.56cm
Iron oval shape tsuba with six sukashi openings of the crest of a clan or family, 'Jomon no Zu' as stated on the Shibata Mitsuo Kanteisho.
Dates to ca. 1750. (Long)
7.40cm x 8.00cm x 0.35cm
KO-SHOAMI   $300.00 (COST)
"Iron square mokko shape (iri-sumi kaku) of sukashi design of a kanji meaning 'for you'. This was a gift tsuba. Remnants of gold and silver inlay, gold representing the sun and silver representing the moon. A fair amount of the inlay is missing but cherry blossom flowers can be seen. Dates to Momoyama period, ca. 1700." (Long)

7.90cm x 8.15cm x 0.45cm
   $900.00 (COST)

Accompanied by a Kanteisho (75 points) certificate number 5360, issued by the N.T.H.K., dated September, 2004.
"Round (maru gata) iron plate tsuba with uchikaeshi rim (mimi). The web carved in the design of a weaving spool or bobbin (itomaki) and broken brocade pattern done in gold and silver nunome inlay. Much of the black lacquer is present. Dated ca.1650.
Signed: 'Geishu ju Yoshihisa Saku' H 11614.0. Yoshihisa's real name was Seizaemon, 1st generation. He worked in Geishu ju, Aki Province. A very elegant and rare guard." (Long)

SHOAMI   $1000.00 (COST)
Momoyama Period (ca. 1600)
"The elaborate and detailed design of cloves, the use of refined iron with abundant brass inlay, contribute to the strong impact of this masterpiece. There seems to be two different colors of brass inlay used. Fine tekkotsu on the rim. The representation seen here of cloves (one of the objects of the Takaramono, associated with the Gods of Luck), define Sweetness and Health. Only missing inlay at 8 o'clock position (see at right)." (Long)

"Sukashi iron tsuba with inlay of hira zogan on the web. Edo period ca. 1800. Refer: H 10918.0 Haynes Index." (Long)
7.69cm x 7.54cm.
AIZU SHOAMI    $300.00 (COST)
"Aizu Shoami tsuba mostly have an iron ji, and kinko works are very rare. The shinmaru gata (true circle) shape is encountered regularly. Most round tsuba are a bit taller than they are wide as is the case here. Both hitsu-ana are often shaped like kogai-hitsu as opposed to the standard kozuka kogai configuration. A motif showing a person or thematic object with a natural landscape in the background is common. Motifs such as the Chinese subject shown here, are often seen. The bottom right section will contain the main design carved in takabori and/or detailed with nunome or inlay work, while the upper left section area is carved with comparatively less detail - moresoft and suggestive. This effect implies visual distance, draws our eye to the main section of the work and gives the illusion of depth to the overall design." (Long)
6.90cm x 7.35cm x 0.40cm
SHOAMI   $600.00 (COST)
"A round iron plate tsuba with scalloped rim edge. The brass inlay of three leaf plant with vines occurs on both sides. On the ura side, left of nakago-ana, is carved 'Ten' meaning heaven, sky, the air, Imperial, etc. It seems this was added after the tsuba was made. The hitsu-ana show Shoami style influence.
Dates to the Momoyama period, ca. 1550-1600." (Long)
7.30cm x 7.85cm x 0.45cm
"Presented here is the most delicate design of Amida Yasurime (radiant Buddha file-finish). The file marks, grouped together, are cut radially outward from the center of the piece to the circumference. The term Amida is the name of Ancient Buddhism and it is interesting to speculate whether this finish was originally intended to have a particular religious meaning, such as to signify its owners faith." (Long)
8.00cm x 7.90cm x 0.50cm (face) to 0.15cm (edge)" (Long)
NBTHK Hozon origami.
$1300.00 $1000.00
"Iron tsuba with brass fukurin, design motif of clouds and mist inlaid with brass." (Long)
NBTHK Hozon origami.
"A round copper plate tsuba with a hammered rim and large 'Omodaka' (Shogun-so) plants shown in sukashi and acid etched. Its design was preferred by Samurai not only on tsuba but for the armor decorations and family crests. The artist was very adept in his ability to display such splendor and has a close resemblance with 'Rinpa' school painting works.
Umetada lived in Nishi-jin of Kyoto in the same period with Honami Koetsu and Tawaraya Sotatsu who were the two originators of the Rinpa school.
Dates to Momoyama period, ca. 1600." (Long)
NBTHK Hozon origami.
"A largely squared circular (okaku maru) iron plate that is well forged. The surface center (at seppa-dai) of both sides is depressed and known as 'nakakubo gata'. The well hammered surface of both sides displays both cherry blossoms (sakura) with stems and stamped snow flakes. The stems are inlayed with gold as are the tips of the blossoms. All inlay is present." (Long)
$1600.00 $1200.00
"Large squared circular (okaku maru) iron plate with design of peony flower and bud.
Signed: 'Umetada Shichizaemon Tachibana Shigeyoshi'. Ref. Haynes H 08573.0. Took the Umetada school from Kyoto to Edo." (Long)
$600.00 $500.00 (COST)
"Umetada work of the 'Big Dipper Constellation'. The hammering of the plate and the brass dots all point to the Umetada, ca. 1750. Not a common design but the Umetada did do a number of constellation design work at various periods."(Long)
$2000.00 $1400.00
"Description forthcoming." (Long)