The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Sawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
Of Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.
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.
Constructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.
Based on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.
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.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
A large imported "Canton" sword guard with paired dragons chasing a jewel.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.