The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
While the Chinese are hailed for inventing gunpowder and the
The elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China fro
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
Private collection. Not for sale.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.