Choshu Ju Masasada Tsuba
A fine example of a Choshu tsuba. Typical openwork design (sukashi) with gold accents. The seppa dia is signed Choshu ju Masasada.
Little is known about Masasada, only that he lived around 1800 and that he is listed in the Nihonto Koza as a "Master Craftsman of Unknown Affiliations". It is thought that this may be the same person as Bushu Ju Masasada but that is unconfirmed.