A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Chinese work for the Japanese market.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
Southern Chinese style with birds in plum branches.
While the Chinese are hailed for inventing gunpowder and the
IntroductionThe elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China from
Of pierced iron, elaborately cut with lotus petal border.
Canton work for the Japanese market, with 28 metal balls in separate compartments.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
The first of its kind I've ever seen on the market.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
Very good example with a finely carved warrior scene.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
With the swirling arabesque motifs that are typical for this period.
Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
With a golden damascened lock of the Indo-Portuguese type.