Menuki of snowflakes from one of the greats in kinko work, Kano Natsuo. He lived through the opening up of Japan to the west and saw the transition all of the kinko workers had to make going from sword fittings to making wares for Western Trade. He Learned Trade through his Apprenticeship to Aoka Harutsura. He Worked from 1850-1895. https://www.facebook.com/marcuschambersmetalarts/photos_stream
"Tsuba (sword guard) with Insects in Autumn Grass The open work design on this tsuba is of pampas grass. At the bottom, beneath the central opening, is a cricket. At the upper right is a moth. 18th century, Japan"
Tanabe Tomomasa - Mixed metal inlay Kinko tsuba with design of Fudo Myo-o. 19th Century. (Restoration work by Ford Hallam) http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/uploads/monthly_12_2014/post-229-14196952933124.jpg