An unusual deer antler tsuba circa late Edo period. A stunning touch of the rustic is embodied in this stout tanto or wakizashi size tsuba. Having been cut from a cross-section of foliated lower antler where the crown meets the skull, the entire edge can be enjoyed. The seppa-dai has been slightly recessed on the omote to snuggly accept the fuchi and at one time was pegged or pinned to secure it to the tsuka via the mekugi-ana opposite the kozuka hitsu. Novel as well as a bit rare, like other non-metallic kodogu.
Condition is excellent. Kodogu executed in non-metallic materials are not often found. A true embodiment of the strength and beauty found in nature. The size is 2" (5.08cm) x 2 5/16" (5.87cm) x 1/4"(.634cm) thick.