A Wakizashi of small proportions dating from the early 1700s. The Wakizashi was made for a lady or the wife of a Samurai or perhaps as a present for a young boy reaching puberty. The very slender blade 13 inches long is a little stained in places but has no faults. Underneath the surface of the shine is a beautiful hamon. It is difficult to make out but it is there.The leather bound hilt has matching menuki of sheaths of arrows edged in gold.A ll the fittings are beautifully etched steel. The scabbard is covered in a fabric decorated with chrysanthemums. This fabric does show a little wear. The habki is silver. The small tsuba is brass. Overall length is 21 inches. The only negative is that the Kurikata on the saya may have been replaced.