This beautiful koshirae has been attributed to the artist, Sano Tokinobu who was born in 1827 and he died in 1879. He was the third generation master of the Sano family school. He was a student of Yanagawa Naotoki and of Sano Naoyoshi.
His early name was Michinobu and he worked in Edo (Tokyo). He is known for his superb work in soft metals such as shakudo and shibuichi. This fine Itomaki no Tachi koshirae is a prime example of his workmanship. Please note the fine detail of the floral patterns. The koshirae prominently displays the double bar family Mon of the Ashikaga Samurai family.
If you are lookling for an unusual Itomaki no Tachi koshirae with workmanship far more detailed than the more common Aoi and Kiri mon type of decoration, this one is for you. In my opinion, it is an excellent candidate for submission for Juyo status. It comes with both NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon papers and NTHK papers. Please believe me when I say that the quality of this koshirae far exceeds my attempt to photograph it.