Kameyama Daimyo Tachi
Compton Collection     

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Kameyama Castle was the Akechi government seat of the Kyoto area of the Kansai, which he held before the episode of the "Shogun of 13 Days" - where after Hideyoshi made an end of him.  See Sengoku

The Tokugawa Shogunate, centered in the Kanto area, controlled the country from Edo in the north. The Tokugawa direct family relative, the Matsudaira held the Kansai in the south from Kameyama. 
While there was a succession of Daimyo families, Kameyama was the long Tokugawa haunt of the Matsudaira. 

This Kenuki Tachi is of the Matsudaira, Daimyo of Kameyama and has his Kamons on the Tachi-Saya. 

Dr Walter A. Compton, owner of Bayer and the most renouned collector, owned this piece. It was sold at the famous Christie's Compton Auction following his passing. Lot 260. See quoted catalogue, below.

Compton Catalogue Number One 

260. A Bizen Osafune Tachi

Muromachi Period, dated 1490, signed Bishu Osafune Tadamitsu

Configuration (sugata) with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune), and small point (ko-kissaki), length (nagasa) : 2 shaku, 3 sun, 2 bu (70cm): curvature (sori): strong koshi-zori of 2.2cm: increase in width of blade (fumbari): 1.1cm: carving (horimono): futatsujihi with maru-dome.

Forging Pattern (jihada): Small wood grain approaching pear skin (ko-itame/nashiji)

Tempering Pattern (hamon): medium suguba in excellent ko-nie, becoming slightly wider at the yokote with insinuations of swept sands (sunagashi) in the monouchi.

Point (boshi): small and rounded (ko-kissake).

Tang (nakago): Shape (keitia): regular and unshortened (ubu); file marks (yarisume):sujikai: end (nakagojiri): rounded (kurijiri): holes (meguki-ana): three: Signature (tachimei): Bishu Osafune Tadamitsu, dated Entoku 2 (1490), eighth month


Kenuki tachi-koshirae in full silver mounts, 19th century, comprising: a nashiji lacquer saya decorated with jomon and kaiemon of the Matsudaira family of Kameyama: The tsuka decorated with stylized jomon: the remainder of the fuchi mounts in silver: deerskin ashigawa-length of koshirae 99cm, length of tsuka 24.2cm: tsuba height 8.1cm, width 7.6cm, thickness 9mm.

Wood storage box. Brocade and silk storage bags.

Accompanied by an origami by Hon’ami Tadaaki, dated Bunkyu 1 (1861): a futsu kicho token certificate issued by the NBTHK, no number, dated showa 34 (1959): and a tokubetsu kicho koshirae certificate issued by the NBTHK, no number, dated showa 34 (1959). $60,000-$80,000.

Original Honami Appraisal plus NBTHK Kicho on blade and Tokubetsu Kicho papers on fittings
 See Tadamistu School