The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
It represents the best of Burmese silversmithing with repousse work in high relief.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
With blackened iron panels with decorative borders carved in relief.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.
A masterpiece of the genre. The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Canton work for the Japanese market, with 28 metal balls in separate compartments.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
Chinese work for the Japanese market.
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
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 iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
An old bronze hilt in the shape of chilanum hilts.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Never mounted, still with the shop's wooden stopper.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.