A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
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.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
A masterpiece of the genre. The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron.
Of a type likely produced by the Shan people and traded widely in the region.
Both blades signed, its koshirae fine maki-e lacquer work. Ito school tsuba and Mino Gotō style mounts.
With Tongzhi reign marks, corresponding to the year 1863.
A simple utilitarian weapon, probably made for rural martial artists or militia.
Southern Chinese officer style saber with later inscription H.Hunt 1876.
Wide-bladed pair with eccentric hilt features. Complete with scabbard.
A set of the rarer long and wide variety with very well-carved hilts and good overall finish.
Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.
Canton work for the Japanese market, with 28 metal balls in separate compartments.
Chinese work for the Japanese market.
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
Probably of Southern origin, with a straight blade and flaring tip.
A pair of daishō with blades forged by the Takada smiths of Bungo in the north of Kyūshū.
With the swirling arabesque motifs that are typical for this period.
Very finely carved with designs reminiscent of export wares.
One of his classic designs, signed by the maker.
Pierced and chiseled showing an 18th century European vessel.
Unusual tsuba with foreign figures and Chinese auspicious symbols.
Of pierced iron, elaborately cut with lotus petal border.
Very delicate work with carved guardian lions.
Carved out of copper alloy with details highlighted in gold.
Typical Chinese hook sword, with seldom-seen fine silver wire overlay.
A Chinese shortsword made by a well-known Longquan maker.
Rare type with stylized bat guard and baitong mounth.