This is an interesting polished iron tsuba done by the Tetsugendô School during the Edô era. It is described by the NBTHK as a gekka ôkami no zu tsuba which means “tsuba depicting wolves under the moon”.
It is polished iron and oval in shape measuring 2.77 inches high and 2.67 inches wide. The wolves are carved in takabori relief with zôgan inlay. They are laying among the grasses under the moon with iroe accents done in silver and gold. The obverse has two wolves and the reverse has one wolf. Excellent workmanship.
This tsuba comes with NBTHK Hozon papers attesting to the attribution to the Tetsugendô school and the quality of this tsuba. It comes in a custom made fitted box of the highest quality.