The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
It represents the best of Burmese silversmithing with repousse work in high relief.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
Private collection. Not for sale.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
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 peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
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.