Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
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.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
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.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
A large gun with English flintlock mechanism, as favored by the Mirs of the Talpur court. In very good condition, with…
Made of blackened copper-gold alloy, finely inlaid with poems in pure gold.
Made of pasteboard, finely lacquered with roses and nightengales.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Fine German hunting flintlock with captured Ottoman barrel.
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.