Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.
As worn by Southern Chinese military and militiamen.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
Made of iron, shaped as a gourd, with silver overlay.
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.
Of a type likely produced by the Shan people and traded widely in the region.
A simple utilitarian weapon, probably made for rural martial artists or militia.
DescriptionAn old Chinese conical helmet of a type that militiamen and foot soldiers wor
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
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.
Wide-bladed pair with eccentric hilt features. Complete with scabbard.
With all silver construction, including the blade.
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.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Probably of Southern origin, with a straight blade and flaring tip.
Southern Chinese officer style saber with later inscription H.Hunt 1876.
A set of the rarer long and wide variety with very well-carved hilts and good overall finish.
With Tongzhi reign marks, corresponding to the year 1863.
Forged iron, swiveled stirrups with an entirely beaded frame and openwork platforms.
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Made of solid silver, in Qing court style. With 19th-century European import marks.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
Made in the 16th century, for the warrior monks of the Hozo-in temple in Nara.
Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.
Probably of Chinese origin, resembling some of the earliest Japanese swords in existence.
Considered one of the best makers of naginata, he worked for the household of Fukushima Masanori.
Both blades signed, its koshirae fine maki-e lacquer work. Ito school tsuba and Mino Gotō style mounts.
An extremely rare dagger, made in the Qing court workshops.