This is an attractive iron wakizashi tsuba of the Shoami school. It dates to the middle of the 19thcentury during the late Edo period. It is round measuring 6.9 cm in diameter. The round iron plate tapers toward the mimi (edge) to a smooth edge. The design is a family crest carved through the tsuba. The caving is crisp and very well executed. There is a hitsu ana for a kozuka on the opposite side.
This tsuba comes in a wooden box and is accompanied by a certification from the Japanese Fittings Museum issued in April of 2000 attesting to the quality of the tsuba and the attribution to the Shoami School.