Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Chinese work for the Japanese market.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
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.
Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.
A masterpiece of the genre. The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron.
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.