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Blade and Mounting for a Dagger (Tantō)

Swordsmith: Blade inscribed by Gassan Sadakazu (Japanese, Setsu (now Osaka), 1834–1918)
Fittings maker: Fittings (except menuki) inscribed by Nomura Katsumori (Japanese, active ca. 1870)
Fittings maker: Menuki inscribed by Seii (Japanese, active ca. 1870)
Date: blade, dated 1870; mounting, ca. 1870
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel, gold, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper alloy (sentoku), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), silver, wood, textile (silk)
Dimensions: L. of blade 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); L. of scabbard 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm); L. of knife (kozuka) 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification: Daggers
Credit Line: The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number: 32.100.470

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