Dr John Lissenden
Dr John Lissenden qualified in Medicine from Guy’s Hospital in 1958 and, after further studies in Dublin, spent five years in the Royal Naval Medical Service. Following his retirement from 35 years of General Practice in the Channel Islands, he was able to pursue his continuing interest in Japanese sword fittings by carrying out research on the Namban group of tsuba in the Department of East Asian Studies of Durham University, from 1999 to 2001.
The author has had a long interest in nihon-t, first stimulated in 1945 when his father returned from Burma with a Japanese sword. However, his main interest lies now in kodgu, his own considerable collection being augmented in 1973, when the artefacts and library of the late WA Young accumulated between 1931 and Young’s death in 1955 were ceded to him by the collector’s daughter-in-law.
Dr Lissenden is a member of both the To-Ken Society of Great Britain and the Northern Token Society (UK). He has had numerous articles on tsuba published, and has also read papers before the Northern Token Society.