does someone have a comprehensive list of Haruta katchushi? I am looking for a katchushi who signed "春田藤原 ?? 作" (Haruta Fujiwara ?? Saku); the smith's name is almost impossible to read: the first kanji could be 利 and the second Kanji could be 光.
I have attached a picture of the helmet (does not make much sense to post more pictures of the mei as you will not be able to recognize anything...).
Hi Chris, I can't find an Haruta smith with this signature in the records. The only "Toshimitsu" was from the "Nagasone school". Maybe you can try to make a new picture using oblique light, in order to figure out the last kanji?! Nice bowl, BTW!
I have really tried different angles, photoshop and even different devices (the picture you can see above is the best out of approximately one hundred pictures and has been taken with my girlfriend's mobile phone)... unfortunately, the last Kanji of the name is almost impossible to make out; my hope was that there are not too many Haruta katchushi who did sign by using the Fujiwara title.
The first Kanji could also be Kazu or Masa (和). I have tried to make a sketch of the second Kanji based on what is visible under different angles. Based on my sketch, Mitsu now seems very unlikely (however, one can never be sure because it is difficult to differentiate between rust spots and tagane marks). If there was some kind of list, I could try and narrow down the many options.
Thanks again, Uwe - the first four Kanji are definetely "春田藤原". I will try to get a better camera on the weekend - but there is only a minor chance that the Mei will become visible. I was hoping for the Haruta Fujiwara combination.