The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
A bronze processional piece with reign marks attributing it to the year 1864.
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
A very rare example of a type of all-leather tube quiver that was used by Mongols and Tibetans of
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Of an early type with dramatic widened shape.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
A rather well-made example of its type.
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one.
Of the Western Buryats, living near the shores of Lake Baikal.
Of a type also issued to the Qing Vanguard.