Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
One of his classic designs, signed by the maker.
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
Pierced and chiseled showing an 18th century European vessel.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
Very delicate work with carved guardian lions.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
Private collection. Not for sale.
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Rare old keris handle made into a European wax seal.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
Upgraded with filigree to resemble a snuff bottle.
Unusual tsuba with foreign figures and Chinese auspicious symbols.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.