A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
It's face covered with beautifully lacquered leather, in that characteristic earlier style.
A very rare example of a type of all-leather tube quiver that was used by Mongols and Tibetans of
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.